back to article VMware's Arm hypervisor still creeping forward, slowly

VMware has released another update to its hypervisor for the Arm architecture, without showing any signs it will soon be productized. The virty giant first teased ESXi for Arm way back in 2018, and in 2020 delivered a "Fling" – Virtzilla-speak for solid but utterly unsupported code it makes available for testing and general …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Still moving like cold molasses

    The hypervisor is lagging on most of it's platforms. M1/M2 support for Intel an Intel support for M2 aren't apparently a priority, The HCL on intel is still incredibly picky, and the work getting the GUI and tool set re-integrated is only slightly better than the decades long process of getting all of the old "Control Panel" apps in windows into the new settings section of windows 10.

    Arm server support, while interesting, is a tertiary concern, but they probably have at least one big customer paying to get it over the finish line.

    It's a shame vmwares moving so slow these days, as they could clean up if they delivered truly deep platform agnostic vm's and containers. The enterprise could scale out non-intel architectures rapidly, and with a degree of confidence they could port their systems onto another platform quickly and without being trapped Itanic style on a sinking platform that didn't hit critical mass.

    Their ability to move modular workloads between clouds and seamlessly down to on-prem operations could have been really compelling, but for these new architectures to take off, people need an on-ramp that doesn't require re-architecting every single piece, and and similarly an easy off-ramp to other platforms in the future.

    1. Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Still moving like cold molasses

      Maybe Broadcom will kick this along - surely Hock Tan sees the potential for VMware to make its CPUs and SoCs more relevant in more places

  2. Bartholomew

    RISC-V ?

    They should get started on the ESXi (type-1 hypervisor) for RISC-V. Because by the time the ARM one is ready, ARM may have become the new Oracle in terms of demanding extravagant licensing fees from everyone.

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