1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 12, 2010 1:00 PM by user4994457 RSS

    Can Sparc be virtualized?

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      I suspect I know the answer but couldn't find it (easily) in other posts so ...

      We've got applications written in Solaris 8 that we're trying to virtualize using Solaris 10 containers. Believe that will be successful.

      However, I believe there is value in other options such as virtualizing within an Oracle Virtualization VM? Or perhaps within VMWare? Generic hypervisor?

      Am I going down a dead-end here or does someone have a suggestion for me?

      Cheers!!
        • 1. Re: Can Sparc be virtualized?
          user4994457
          None of the standard virtualization tools (like VMware) do emulation, so you can't change CPU types. No way to use them to run VMware for x86 and manage a SPARC OS.

          I don't think any of them run on SPARC so that you can do sparc/sparc virtualization via Software.

          You can use LDOMs on sparc to run separate machines, but I don't think that will directly help you with Solaris 8 support.

          Finally, there's stuff like QEMU that does do hardware emulation, so you could run a SPARC image on an x86 architecture. I've never tried to run one.

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          Darren