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By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2006-07-25 Print this article Print

Microsofts Virtual Server 2005 R2
Competes directly with VMware Server, offering similar functionality and price but limited to running on Windows (

VMwares ESX Server and VMware Infrastructure
Both of these products represent a step up from VMware Server, with bolstered management and performance, along with a fatter price tag (

Xen hypervisor project
Productized by XenSource and set to ship with a handful of Linux distributions, Xen hypervisor is an emerging alternative to the offerings of VMware and Microsoft (

Senior Analyst Jason Brooks can be reached at Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on servers, switches and networking protocols for the enterprise and small businesses.

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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