Virtualization has been predicted to become a commodity since a long time. We are now in the exact moment when the projection becomes reality.
With the today’s releases of Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 SP1 and VMware Server 1.0 for free, the most popular virtualization platforms are now available at no cost:
- VMware Player and Server
- Microsoft Virtual PC and Virtual Server
- Virtual Iron (which is now based on Xen)
- Sun Solaris Containers (better known as Zones)
- SWsoft OpenVZ
- Altiris Software Virtualization Solution (SVS) (free at least for personal use)