Overview :

Turn your PC into an easy-to-use virtualization platform with Sun xVM VirtualBox, the free and open source software that runs on all major operating systems and eliminates the need for tradeoffs or multiple hardware systems.

Some significant milestones by Andy Hall, Sun’s Sr. Product Manager of VirtualBox :

First, over 8 million copies of the software have been downloaded. Andy pointed out that the software is being downloaded a a rate that’s nearly 25,000 a day. As I’ve pointed out in other posts, the number of downloads doesn’t directly equal the number of copies of software in actual use. Andy must have read that post. Although he was polite enough not to say anything about that post, he do go on to say that over 2 million people gone to the effort of registering their copies. That figure is a better measure of software that either is involved with a pilot project or is in use in a production system.

Here’s what Sun has to say about this release:

xVM VirtualBox 2.1 software features a number of new enhancements, including:

  • New Accelerated 3D Graphics: Uses the industry standard application programming interface (API) for high-performance graphics, Open Graphics Library (OpenGL), allowing users to flawlessly run applications like Google Earth and CAM-based software that are popular among heavy users of imagery like industrial designers, automotive and robotics engineers, architects, etc.
  • Improved Network Performance: Makes network intensive applications like rich media (video, audio, interactive media, etc.) even faster. In addition, with new bridged networking configurations on Windows and Linux platforms, xVM VirtualBox software makes it easier to deploy server applications in virtual machines, allowing customers to easily deploy Web stacks like LAMP or SAMP.
  • Storage Support: Comes with built-in iSCSI support to connect to storage systems, such as Sun’s newly announced Open Storage appliances, the Sun Storage 7000 family, also known as “Amber Road.” This feature enables easier management and sharing of virtual disk images.

In addition, xVM VirtualBox 2.1 software offers improved support for:

  • Mac OS X on Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Provides better support for Mac OS X as a host OS utilizing hardware-assisted Intel VT-x for better performance.
  • VMware’s and Microsoft’s Virtualization Formats: Offers improved support for VMware’s virtual machine disk format (VMDK) and Microsoft’s virtual hard disk (VHD) file format, allowing for easy transfer of critical business information.
  • Intel Core i7 processor: Enables extremely fast performance on leading-edge hardware with support for the new Intel Core microarchitecture in the Intel Core i7 processor (codenamed Nehalem).
  • 64-bit guest OS on 32-bit host platforms: Allows users to run powerful 64-bit guest OS on 32-bit host platforms without the need to upgrade the host OS while taking advantage of multi-thread applications on powerful hardware.

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