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Enterprises planning to deploy Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor for virtualization can now run SPARC-based Solaris applications on their x86 Windows servers without porting or recompiling, thanks to QuickTransit, a solution from cross-platform virtualization solutions provider Transitive.
QuickTransit supports 64-bit distribution, so it runs on Solaris x86. Once QuickTransit has been installed, enterprises can install or copy SPARC-based (define) applications onto the x86 server. The applications will run the same way on the x86 server as they did on the more expensive SPARC servers without requiring a recompile.
For Linux operating systems, QuickTransit runs on either Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Enterprise Linux 4 or 5, or on Novell's (NASDAQ: NOVL) SUSE Linux 9 and 10, Robinson said. Enterprises that want to consolidate their servers can install QuickTransit in a Hyper-V, VMware (NYSE: VMW) or Xen hypervisor running on one of these flavors of Linux.
Users of 64-bit Oracle applications will be among the first to benefit. Oracle uses Sun's Solaris 10 operating system as its preferred development and runtime for most x64 architectures.
Backup and disaster recovery operations must be conducted with VMware's or Microsoft's applications because "we just bring legacy applications into the fold," Robinson said. QuickTransit extends VMware's disaster recovery tools' capabilities to Solaris and SPARC applications, which they previously could not handle.
There are three flavors of QuickTransit: QuickTransit Server, Transitive's mainstream data consolidation solution; QuickTransit Legacy, which is for application re-hosting from very old legacy hardware running operating system versions that are no longer supported; and QuickTransit Workstation, for desktops and laptops.
QuickTransit Server runs applications from SPARC-based servers running Solaris 8 or higher, which are still being supported by Sun (NASDAQ: JAVA). For older applications, such as Solaris 2.5.1 or 2.6, enterprises have to use QuickTransit Legacy.
Transit's support for Hyper-V highlights the hypervisor's increasing acceptance within the market, especially in light of the turmoil at market leader VMware, whose CEO, Diane Greene, abruptly departed recently.
Microsoft unveiled Hyper-V earlier than expected, and recently made it available on Windows Update, which means it will be pushed down automatically to Windows Server 2008 servers depending on their settings.