VMware’s soon to be released vSphere 5 virtualisation platform is expected to support Apple’s Mac OS X as a guest OS.
The company is known to offer products that come with support for Apple offerings like the VMware Fusion that allows users to run Microsoft Windows on Apple machines and the vSphere client for Apple's iPad.
However, Apple’s own end user licensing agreement for Mac OS X prohibits users from running the platform on virtualisation servers other than Apple branded machines, Server Watch (opens in new tab) notes.
The only Apple branded server was the Xserve, which was discontinued by the company early this year. Apple has no plans of releasing a server version of the upcoming Mac OS X Lion operating system.
The inclusion of Mac OS X as a guest OS on VMware’s platform indicates that Apple might have decided to relax its views about virtualisation.
According to leaked information on the web, the vSphere 5 will support only the Mac OS X Leopard as the guest OS and not Mac OS X Lion, which makes the whole thing even more confusing.
Users will have to wait for VMware to launch the product before things become clearer.