List of hypervisors keeps growing – what do you use in your test lab?

Today RedHat announced the adoption of KVM. Just got me curious on the number of hypervisors in the market and a quick search on the Internet lists out the following (Source: Wikipedia):

Native/Bare metal: Xen, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM, VMware ESX Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, L4 microkernels, Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY Padded Cell, VirtualLogix’s VLX, TRANGO, IBM’s POWER Hypervisor (PR/SM), Parallels Server (currently in Beta) and Sun’s Logical Domains Hypervisor, Hitachi’s Virtage hypervisor and KVM.

Hosted: VMware Server (formerly known as GSX), VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, the open source QEMU, Microsoft’s Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server products, Sun’s (formerly InnoTek) VirtualBox, as well as SWsoft’s Parallels Workstation and Parallels Desktop.

This is some list!

From a test lab automation standpoint, I would guess that a smaller subset of these hypervisors might be popular in your virtual lab. What are your favorite hypervisors to use in the dev/test/pre-production labs?

At VMLogix, we have always believed in the hypervisor agnostic story – and as testimony to the fact, we are the only virtual lab automation solution supporting the Citrix, Microsoft and VMware platforms!

– Srihari Palangala


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4 Responses to List of hypervisors keeps growing – what do you use in your test lab?

  1. Kevin says:

    The company I work for is only being asked to run our software in VMware ESX environments. I think once Citrix and Microsoft get better situated we will be asked to add these as well to our supported platform matrix.

  2. vmlogix says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Your comment certainly validates our thought on customer need for multi-hypervisor support in management applications. We certainly look forward to being part of the customer journey as they expand lab and production environments with Citrix and Microsoft hypervisors.

    – Srihari Palangala

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