Systems Channel News Roundup, Dec. 22-26

This week's headlines: Windows on the iPhone?; Oracle joins Xen's board.

Systems channel news roundup for Dec. 22-26, 2008.

Citrix bringing Windows to iPhone

Citrix Systems is developing a receiver that will let virtualized Windows applications run on the iPhone. Citrix hasn't officially announced the news yet, but company developers are talking about it on The Citrix Blog. The ability to run Windows apps could boost iPhone use in the enterprise. VMware also recently announced its mobile phone virtualization plans.

That's not the only big news coming soon from Citrix. Early next year, the company also plans to release Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V, a set of management tools for Microsoft's hypervisor. The tools will likely include live migration, multi-server management and resource pool creation -- features that could put Hyper-V on the same level as VMware Virtual Infrastructure.

Oracle joins Xen Advisory Board

Oracle has become the latest vendor to join the Xen Advisory Board, which promotes the Xen hypervisor as the standard for open source virtualization. Xen.org said Oracle made several contributions to the Xen community this year, including a focus on the Xen debugger and updates to support Oracle software that runs on Xen. Citrix Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Novell, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems are also members of the advisory board.

VMware launches ESX compatibility site

VMware partners can now go online to find out if certain products are compatible with ESX 3.0, ESX 3.5 and ESXi. The company has posted its updated Hardware Compatibility Guide online and made it searchable. The guide also includes compatibility information for storage devices, I/O devices and VMware View.

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