: 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 serverseach with multiple virtual serversand let the user in effect build server racks and virtual data centers. BladeLogic did wide-area configuration managementmaking 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.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 environmentsor instances of the Linux operating systemto 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.
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.