We have a spare Integrity blade (2x Tukwila quad-core + 16Gb RAM) laying around which I would like to use has a Virtual Host for a couple of Linux VMs. I am having some concerns finding the best solutions for our situation (if a solution is possible at all?). Here's what I'm dealing with:
- XEN looks well supported on Itanium, but I'm not sure if I would be able to run x86_64 guests on ia64+XEN.
- I guess KVM would be able to support emulation for x86_64 through qemu, but support for ia64 does not seem to be well supported.
- All guests are going to be RedHat 5.5 based and HAVE to be on x86_64 architecture.
- I don't care about the host's distribution (ideally CentOS or Debian), but I would prefer it not being Red Hat (since I don't want to deal with the trouble of registering only for 1 ia64 licence).
- Red Hat drops support for ia64 and Xen in version 6
- Debian seems well supported on ia64 but I can't seem to find kvm or xen packages for it
- Will CentOS also drop support for ia64 and Xen?
So, to sum up my question, how would you guys go about virtualising x86_64 guests on an Itanium server?