Launched in 2003 to sell the Xen open-source hypervisor and services surrounding it, open source software
vendor Virtual Iron was one of the few direct competitors to VMware that was not an operating system company or closely
aligned with an OS company. That gave it greater independence and the ability to partner with larger vendors who were direct
competitors with both one another and VMware.
By giving away its VM software and charging for services and add-ons, Virtual Iron can put price pressure
on VMware and other potential competitors, according to Chris Wolf, an industry analyst with The Burton Group. High-profile
alliances with Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, AMD, Intel and Sun give it sales channels and marketing power that most
open-source companies its size lack.
Virtualization Manager VM control console
Virtualization Services VM installation and configurator