Sun launches VirtualBox 3.1 with live migration

Solutions providers can use Sun's new version of VirtualBox to assist with virtual machine live migrations between remote hosts over a standard TCP/IP network.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2009.

Sun launches VirtualBox 3.1 with live migration

Sun Microsystems Inc. has released VirtualBox 3.1, which is now able to carry out a virtual machine (VM) live migration.

VirtualBox is Sun's hosted desktop virtualization platform and is designed so that the virtualization layer sits above the host operating system (OS).

The live migration between remote hosts over a standard TCP/IP network is referred to as teleportation. For teleportation to work properly, solutions providers must make sure that both copies of their customers' VirtualBox have two identical VMs with the same virtual hardware, according to virtualization.info.

VirtualBox 3.1 includes experimental support for a virtual extensible firmware interface that allows the product to run copies of MAC OS X, and it supports 2-D acceleration on Windows guest OSes and paravirtualized network adapters.

New Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized program released

Oracle Corp. has officially launched its Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized program, which is designed to help partners increase sales and differentiate themselves from their competitors.

The program has four new tiers for partner certifications: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Remarketer.

New and enhanced tools in OPN Specialized include the Programs and Enrollments system, which allows partners to easily manage their partner profiles; the Oracle Partner Ordering Portal, which is an improved portal for submitting Oracle orders online, an events calendar; and an enhanced Solutions Catalog that allows partners to speak to potential users directly through pre-recorded videos.

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