Inspired by a recent discussion on Xen Discuss about what different virtualization solutions were available from Sun I thought I’d take the information provided by Volker A. Brandt and Bernd Schemmer and put it into a convenient table.
|Name||Sparc||x86||Method||OS Kernel||Guest OS|
|Domains (Mx000 series)||X||–||hardware||many||Solaris|
|Domains (E10K, SF##K series, v1280, v4800)||X||–||hardware||many||Solaris, Linux|
Footnotes(1) with CPU assistance for “full” virtualisation(2) experimental Linux/BSD (?) supportActually, Sun have a pretty good summary, but some of the technologies are hidden behind the hardware on which they run, for example LDOM is a firmware-level solution built into many of the SPARC hardware solutions.