Sun Microsystems and VMWare have announced an expanded partnership, whereby Sun will offer VMWare virtualization software in addition to Sun's xVM software. Customers will be offered this choice out of the box when they buy products from Sun.
Sun and VMware will continue their qualification program of VMware products on Sun systems. The companies will also work to ensure that the Solaris Operating System will continue to be a first-class guest operating system on VMware virtualization software, and VMware Infrastructure will be a first-class datacenter virtualization run-time and management stack on Sun x64 systems. The two companies plan to also collaborate on system management configuration, deployment and monitoring for each other's products.
Sun plans to resell and support VMWare products with their x64 blades and rack-mount servers within 60-days of the announcement.