Connectix App Eases Server Consolidation

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-09-17 Print this article Print

The native Windows-based server app enables users to run a broad range of operating systems.

Connectix Corp., which provides virtualization software for Intel-based computers, on Tuesday will release its Connectix Virtual Server product for partner and customer testing. This new product is an enterprise-grade virtualization solution for server consolidation. It is a native Windows-based server application that enables users to run a broad range of operating systems, including Windows, .Net, Linux, Unix and OS/2, concurrently and on a single physical server. David Atlas, vice president of enterprise products at Connectix, told eWEEK on Monday that there were no plans to have the product run on non-Intel enterprise server platforms, as the Intel/Windows space is the "pain point". This is where 50 percent of all installed servers sit, running some 25 percent utilization with Exchange or file and print or domain or Internet services.
"The bulk of the servers needing consolidation—simpler, more cost-effective management—are indeed Intel servers. But, that said, we very much look forward to an IA-64 market place," he said.
Virtual Server is an extension of the same code base as the current Connectix Virtual PC product. "Basically we took our code and server-hardened it, added a new virtual networking paradigm and a whole array of server resource allocation switches and then also added in the COM support so that our application is essentially clientless," Atlas said. The final product is expected to be available between December 2002 and mid-January 2003, with a list cost of $1,000 per processor. But it will probably be available through the retail channel for about $700 for a one-way server box, he said. Server management software vendors, including BladeLogic, LeoStream and ProTier would use the Connectix technology to provide next-generation server management applications, and these third-party solutions would be integrated with the core virtualization capabilities of Virtual Server.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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