I was reading an interesting article from James Maguire from Datamation that outlined various competitors in the virtualization platform space.
In the article, James referenced a Gartner slide that comparatively summarized hypervisor selection criteria including the maturity of features, pricing, management and ultimately security. Unfortunately the presentation source of the slide was not cited, but check this out:
What I found very interesting was the security section which equated the security capability/maturity criteria of Oracle with that of VMware while at the same time demonstrating that the overall maturity/stability of Oracle was not has highly ranked.
Since Oracle's hypervisor is based upon Xen and Citrix/XenSource is not ranked as high, it leaves me scratching my head.
Given that this chart references hypervisor selection to YE08, it more than likely does not take into consideration the coming vNetwork/VMsafe API's; it's unclear if this section is a measure of VMM "security" based upon published vulnerabilities, an assessment of overall architecture, the availability of security solutions in the ecosystem...
This is a very interesting assertion and I'd really like to get the entire document that describes how this was quantified and what it means. Anyone know which report this came from?