Xinuos Announces Availability of 6 V Version 1.0.0
Xinuos announces product and availability details for OpenServer® 6V, the latest releases in the line of virtualized versions of its family of UNIX® operating system products.
OpenServer 6V is released as Xinuos latest Virtual Appliance image that can be easily installed on a VMware
vShpere 4.x, ESX 4.x, VMware ESXi 4.x and VMware ESXi Server Release 5. Importation of the Virtual Appliance is extremely fast, as well as the configuration of the imported Virtual Appliance. The system behaves just like a natively installed OpenServer 6.0 system with all the latest maintenance installed. For convenience, many of the VMware tools have been included to improve integration between OpenServer 6V and the host VMware system.
OpenServer 6V follows the release of OpenServer 5.0.7V Version 3.0.0 is just the beginning of many new products that will be coming from Xinuos, Inc., a new company with a vision to develop the full potential of UNIX technology for businesses worldwide. Xinuos has acquired the OpenServer and UnixWare® operating system businesses with the intent of returning to, and building upon, the long tradition of offering rock solid UNIX system software to the IT market.
Product Announcement Details
Using Xinuos OpenServer 6 version 1.0.0 for VMware as a base, Xinuos has built an optimized Virtual Appliance for VMware. This Virtual Appliance uses a subset of existing and updated device drivers that provide optimal performance in a virtual environment. The implementation of OpenServer 6V as a Virtual Appliance means that you can easily have a Virtual Machine imported and configured within an hour.
With OpenServer 6V, customers will be able to capitalize on the benefits of virtualization, which is one of the fastest growing and most popular trends in the IT industry today. Virtualization allows multiple operating systems to run side-by-side as peers on the same hardware server. This provides a hardware cost savings and efficiency for IT departments. With OpenServer 6V, customers can take advantage of the full range of modern hardware support provided by the VMware virtualization layer while continuing to run their current applications.
For customers, virtualization essentially lets one computer do the job of multiple computers by sharing the resources of a single computer across multiple environments. Virtual servers and virtual desktops let customers host multiple operating systems and multiple applications both locally and in remote locations, freeing them from physical and geographical limitations. The result is that in addition to energy savings and lower capital expenditures due to more efficient use of hardware resources, customers obtain high availability of resources, better desktop management, increased security, and improved disaster recovery processes.
Xinuos is now accepting orders for the OpenServer 6V License Packs. The media is available as a downloadable ISO image from the Xinuos Support Download site at:
Features in OpenServer 6V
OpenServer 6V is the first release of OpenServer 6 optimized to run in a Virtual Machine environment.
What follows is a list of the major features of OpenServer 6V Version 1.0.0.
OpenServer 6V ships with a package of Virtualization Extensions that facilitate the delivery of the product as a Virtual Appliance. This package provides support for:
- Configuration of the Virtual Appliance on first boot after import
- Reconfiguration of the Virtual Appliance at any time
- Reconfiguration after cloning of your OpenServer 6V virtual machine to allow multiple versions to run in parallel. (Note that clones require separate licenses)
OpenServer 6V ships with the April 2011 release of the Open Virtual Machines Tools (open-vm-tools) package. This package adds tools to improve integration between OpenServer 6V and the host VMware system.
This first release of OpenServer 6V does not include an Upgrade Supplement for converting an OpenServer 6 VM into an OpenServer 6V VM. Customers who wish to do such a conversion should contact their local sales representative to discuss whether a Professional Services arrangement will work for them. An Upgrade Supplement is planned for a future version of OpenServer 6V
OpenServer 6V System Requirements
OpenServer 6V may be installed on VMware vSphere 4.x, vSphere 5, ESXi 4.x, ESXi 5, and ESX 4.x. The underlying hardware needed to support an installation will vary depending on the applications and installation options chosen. Customers should check with VMware for hardware requirements related to running Guest Operating Systems on the VMware platform. Computer Servers and other physical hardware compatible with VMware releases can be found in the
VMware Compatibility Guide.
Importation of OpenServer 6V for VMware will create a Virtual Machine with the following specifications:
|CD/DVD Drives||1 IDE ATAPI
|Network Adapters||1 Adapter using the VMware e1000 virtual NIC = e10008g Intel Pro 1000
|SCSI Controlers||1 SCSI Controller using the LSI Serial Attached SCSI
|Hard Disks||1 Virtual Disk of 11 Gbytes (includes 3 Gbytes of swap)
|Video||SVGA 1024x768x64k colors VMware VESA VBE 2.0
The VMware System being installed will need the following in order to run OpenServer 6V successfully:
A datastore with at least 11 Gbytes of free disk space to hold the OpenServer 6V for VMware virtual machine. Note that additional disk space can be configured for your virtual machine once the import is complete.
A Virtual Switch that can be used as a virtual Network Card by OpenServer 6V for VMware.
At least 1 Gbyte of free memory. Note that the amount of memory used by your virtual machine can be modified once the import is complete.
Licensing and Registration for OpenServer 6V
OpenServer 6V is being offered solely in the Enterprise Edition and is being licensed under an annual subscription model only. Under the subscription model customers will need to purchase and maintain an annual subscription license in order to continue using OpenServer 6V. With their annual subscription customers will receive all maintenance, updates and upgrades to OpenServer 6V and its virtual environment at no additional charge. Subscription licenses will be available for durations of one and three years with longer periods available by special order.
OpenServer 6V may be licensed in one of the following ways:
- An initial OpenServer 6V Enterprise license with duration of one or three years.
- An OpenServer 6V Enterprise Cross-Grade license with duration of one or three years, in combination with a previously purchased OpenServer 6 Enterprise or Enterprise Trade-In license. Both will need to be entered when installing OpenServer 6V.
- An OpenServer 6V Enterprise Cross-Grade license with duration of one or three years, in combination with a previously purchased Enterprise or Host license for OpenServer 5.0.6 or 5.0.7 and the corresponding Upgrade license to OpenServer 6 Enterprise. All three will need to be entered when installing OpenServer 6V.
- An OpenServer 6V Enterprise Cross-Grade license with duration of one or three years, in combination with a previously purchased OpenServer 6 Starter or Starter Trade-In license and an Inter-Edition Cross-Grade License to OpenServer 6 Enterprise. All three will need to be entered following installation of OpenServer 6V.
- An OpenServer 6V Enterprise Cross-Grade license with duration of one or three years, in combination with a previously purchased OpenServer 5.0.6 or 5.0.7 Desktop license, an Upgrade license to OpenServer 6 Starter, and an Inter-Edition Cross-Grade license to OpenServer 6 Enterprise. All four will need to be entered following installation of OpenServer 6V.
Note that customers with licenses for OpenServer 5.0.5 and earlier will need to purchase an OpenServer 6 Enterprise or Starter Trade-In license prior to converting to OpenServer 6V.
Registration of OpenServer 6V at Xinuos’s product registration site will be required in order to validate the product license. Customers must register their systems within 14 days of installation.
Additional user licensing remains unchanged from that of current OpenServer 6.
Those wishing to evaluate OpenServer 6V may install and use the product for 7 days without applying a license.
Model numbers for new servers:
|OpenServer 6V For VMware Licenses||License Pack||Web License|
|OpenServer 6V Enterprise One Year License
|OpenServer 6V Enterprise Three Year License
Model numbers for servers with pre-requisite OpenServer 6 Enterprise Licenses:
|OpenServer 6V For VMware Cross Grades||License Pack||Web License|
|OpenServer 6V Enterprise One Year Cross Grade from OSR6 Enterprise
|OpenServer 6V Enterprise Three Year Cross Grade from OSR6 Enterprisec
Model numbers for renewals after the first year:
|OpenServer 6V For VMware Renewal Licenses||License Pack||Web License|
|One Year Renewal License
|Three Year Renewal License
Combination Model numbers for moving to OpenServer 6V for VMware from earlier releases:
|OpenServer 6V for VMware With OSR5.0.7 Upgrade License||License Pack||Web License|
|OpenServer 6 Enterprise Upgrade from OpenServer 5.0.7 Enterprise plus One Year Cross Grade to OpenServer 6V Enterprise
|OpenServer 6 Enterprise Upgrade from OpenServer 5.0.7 Enterprise plus Three Year Cross Grade to OpenServer 6V Enterprise
|OpenServer 6V for VMware With OSR5.0.6 Upgrade License||License Pack||Web License|
|OpenServer 6 Enterprise Upgrade from OpenServer 5.0.6 Enterprise plus One Year Cross Grade to OpenServer 6V Enterprise
|OpenServer 6 Enterprise Upgrade from OpenServer 5.0.6 Enterprise plus Three Year Cross Grade to OpenServer 6V Enterprise
|OpenServer 6V for VMware With OSR505 Trade-In License||License Pack||Web License|
|OpenServer 6 Enterprise Trade-In from OpenServer 5.0.5 and earlier Enterprise plus One Year Cross Grade to OpenServer 6V Enterprise
|OpenServer 6 Enterprise Trade-In from OpenServer 5.0.5 and earlier Enterprise plus Three Year Cross Grade to OpenServer 6V Enterprise
Xinuos Global Services
Xinuos's award-winning Global Services offer a complete portfolio of world-wide services on Xinuos's full range of software products, allowing customers powerful choices based on business requirements.
Xinuos offers a wide array of technical support services ranging from business critical, 24x7 after-hours offerings to traditional support services covering all products and customer types from partners to end users. In addition, Xinuos support services are available to partners for their own use and resale.
Xinuos TEAM Support is designed for corporate customers requiring immediate, high-level, technical support. Included with TEAM is an assigned senior technical account manager responsible for assuring successful solution implementation and ongoing support for a customer’s Xinuos systems.
Xinuos SoftTech Plus includes support for unlimited licenses and installations covering all Xinuos products, with a guaranteed one-hour response time. This service is targeted to Xinuos partners and customers that need coverage for all Xinuos products. With SoftTech Plus, there is also an assigned administrative account manager as the primary contact for administrative issues.
Xinuos SoftTech includes support for unlimited licenses and installations with a guaranteed up to one-hour response time. SoftTech is available per operating system/product, allowing customers the flexibility to add on additional products and services when they are needed The administrative account manager provides a single point of contact for all administrative issues.
For these and other available options contact your Xinuos Sales Account Representative, or in the Americas, phone 800-726-6561. In the rest of the world, phone +44 1635 273132 or visit http://www.Xinuosco.com/support/programs.
Xinuos's Professional Services offer a full suite of consulting services ranging from server deployment and management, migration and web services to customized solutions. For more information on Professional Services, visit http://www.Xinuosco.com/consulting/ , or contact your local Xinuos sales representative. For more information on Xinuos Professional Services, call:
• In the Americas, phone 1-800-366-8649
• Outside of the Americas, phone +44 1635 273132
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Self-Help Support Xinuos also provides extensive 24x7 Self-Help technical support services on Xinuos products, including installation and configuration support through an easy-to-use, single Web view. The Self-Help Web site is located at: www.SCO.com/support/self_help.html.
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