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

: Connectix Tool Aids Server Consolidation"> "Our stand-alone product will allow you to install it on a single physical server box, regardless of the number of processors or footprint, on top of an existing copy of Windows Server, Advanced Server, Windows Datacenter, or their .Net equivalents. Then the system will let you create a number of virtual servers each with its own operating system and and application," Atlas said. ProTiers solution took a number of physical servers—each with multiple virtual servers—and let the user in effect build server racks and virtual data centers. BladeLogic did wide-area configuration management—making changes to many different vendors servers at the same time. "So they help us be involved in non-Windows environments, while LeoStream is a controller that helps manage virtualized network paths as well as virtualized servers," he said.
In another industry move, VMware, Inc., a provider of virtual computing software for Intel-based computers, on Tuesday announced the general availability of VMware Workstation 3.2, the latest release of its desktop software product.
VMware Workstation enables users to run multiple operating environments on a single PC or laptop, allowing users to consolidate and manage their computing environments on fewer computers. Earlier this year VMware released the latest version of its enterprise server consolidation software, VMware ESX Server 1.5, which is targeted at data centers and includes support for SCSI reservations, which enables the clustering of virtual machines inside the same system for development and test purposes, or between systems for high availability. SWsoft Inc., of San Francisco, also earlier this year released Virtuozzo 2.0, software that allows hundreds of virtual environments—or instances of the Linux operating system—to run on a single Intel Corp.-based server. Late last year, Sun Microsystems Inc. said it was developing virtual server solutions designed to help enterprise customers add efficiencies for back-office operations and Web services. The Palo Alto, Calif., company said it planned to add new "service container" technology to the virtualization features of Solaris 9. When asked what differentiated Connectixs technology from competitors like VMWare and Virtuozzo, Atlas said that VMWares product line was split between group consolidation and enterprise consolidation. "We consider Connectix Virtual Server an enterprise-grade virtualization solution," he said Virtuozo was a Linux-only partitioning system that did not have a full IA-32 emulation. It was also not a true virtual machine environment, he said. "It doesnt virutalize the hardware or guest operating system; it is basically an application level solution that mitigates some of the issues of running mulitple services on one host operating system instance. Essentially all applications run on the same copy of the host operating system. "Our solution, and VMWares, provide a true virtualization solution with multiple guest operating systems running on a host operating system; each guest isolated and partitioned," Atlas said.

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.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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