Mac OS X: vSphere's Guest OS?

Thursday May 5th 2011 by Paul Rubens

Intriguing but unlikely: Will VMware include OS X as a guest OS on the vSphere iteration due this summer?

Apple is famously possessive about its Mac OS X operating system, even going so far as to forbid the virtualization of the desktop version of OS X in its EULA. Paul Rubens discusses an intriguing (though perhaps not likely) exception to this rule.

VMware's vSphere 5 virtualization platform is due to be released some time this summer with a number of interesting new features expected, including distributed resource scheduling for storage, host-based replication for Site Recovery Manager and network I/O control for virtual machines. But one possible new feature that's been mentioned recently is as intriguing as it is unlikely: the inclusion of Apple's OS X as a guest OS.

VMware (NYSE: VMW) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) are certainly not strangers: VMware Fusion, for example, allows users to run Windows software on their Apple hardware, and VMware Labs has released a vSphere client for Apple's iPad. Thus, we know VMware develops software designed to run on Apple hardware.

But support for OS X in vSphere 5? Now that's a strange one.

Read the rest about Mac OS X and vSphere at ServerWatch.

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