December 17, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 17 -- Sun Microsystems Inc. today announced a new version of Sun xVM VirtualBox, its high performance, free and open source desktop virtualization software, that offers the latest must-have features for developers and enterprise users. To download the freely distributed xVM VirtualBox software, visit http://www.sun.com/software/products/virtualbox/get.jsp.
Users of xVM VirtualBox 2.1 software will benefit from significant improvements in graphics and network performance, easier configuration, hardware platform support for the latest processors and additional interoperability. xVM VirtualBox software lets users create "virtual machines" into which they can install their operating system (OS) of choice. As a result, users can access their favorite software using any OS and developers can easily build, test and run cross-platform, multi-tier applications on a single laptop or desktop computer. xVM VirtualBox software is the first major open source hypervisor to support the most popular host OSes, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris and OpenSolaris.
News Image "With each new update, xVM VirtualBox software is evolving into a must-have tool for developers looking for new ways to develop software," said Jim McHugh, vice president of marketing of Datacenter Software at Sun Microsystems. "With xVM VirtualBox software, developers all around the globe are turning their desktops and laptop computers into testing labs, creating multiple virtual machines, networking them together and deploying them using any OS. The excitement in the developer community has also taken xVM VirtualBox software into IT departments, where we've seen desktop virtualization software being used to solve issues of PC management, software distribution and desktop security."
A key component of Sun's industry-leading desktop-to-datacenter virtualization portfolio, xVM VirtualBox software has been rapidly growing in popularity, surpassing 8 million downloads worldwide, 2.5 million registrations since October 2007 and 25,000 downloads a day. A mere 30 megabyte download, xVM VirtualBox software is incredibly compact and efficient and installs in less than five minutes. Downloads of xVM VirtualBox software are up 120 percent over last quarter and registration rates are up 24 percent over the same period.
xVM VirtualBox 2.1 software features a number of new enhancements, including:
In addition, xVM VirtualBox 2.1 software offers improved support for:
Air Force Research Laboratory and globull Achieve Better Security with xVM VirtualBox Software
"xVM VirtualBox software allowed us to consolidate multiple, isolated copies of Windows onto one workstation and run them on a single screen at the same time," said Dr. Ryan Durante, DTW program manager, Air Force Research Laboratory/RIEB. "In addition, with the introduction of the 3D acceleration capability in the xVM VirtualBox 2.1 software, we can now run our OpenGL applications, delivering a single, powerful and secure user environment."
"xVM VirtualBox software has allowed us to harness virtualization to deliver our new and exciting globull device, a high-security cryptographic processor and hard disk for mobile computing," said Emmanuel Forgues, chief of products at globull. "With a small footprint, rich APIs and a strong security model, the xVM VirtualBox software is the ideal platform for the globull virtual desk, which hosts and secures personal and working environments and can be loaded onto any PC through a USB port. By collaborating with Sun, we've been able to offer our customers the assurance that their strategic data is secure anywhere they go."
xVM VirtualBox software is available free of charge from the VirtualBox.org open source community. Enterprise subscriptions are also available, starting at $30 (USD) per user per year, which includes 24/7 premium support from Sun's technical team. Discounts are available based on volume. To sign up for an enterprise support subscription, visit http://www.sun.com/software/products/virtualbox/get.jsp.
Sun's Comprehensive Virtualization Products and Services
Sun offers a complete desktop-to-datacenter virtualization product portfolio, which includes both the unified management and virtualization of operating systems, servers, storage, networking, desktops and applications. With proven virtualization service expertise, Sun offers pre-architected virtualization solutions that help customers deploy new services faster, maximize the utilization of system resources and more easily monitor and manage virtualized environments. Sun's end-to-end virtualization technologies help enterprises scale their business while improving efficiency and transforming their IT environment into a dynamic datacenter. For more information on Sun's virtualization technologies and solutions, including the Solaris OS, Solaris Containers, LDOMs, Sun xVM Ops Center, Sun xVM Server, Sun Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library, and Ultra SPARC T2, visit www.sun.com/virtualization.
About Sun Microsystems Inc.
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