VMware Software Will Consolidate Applications, Services

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-05-13 Print this article Print

With more enterprises looking for solutions that enable them to consolidate applications and infrastructure services running on diverse operating systems, VMware Inc. has released VMware ESX Server 1.5.

As an increasing number of enterprises look to implement server solutions that allow them to consolidate applications and infrastructure services running on diverse operating systems, VMware Inc. on Monday released the latest version of its enterprise server consolidation software. VMware ESX Server 1.5 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, said Diane Greene, president and CEO of the Palo Alto, Calif., company.
The new product also includes: support for up to 64 concurrent virtual machines with adequate memory and storage resources; support for the physical address extension standard for larger memory on the physical computer and system memory up to 64 GB of RAM; new resource management capabilities for regulating the amount of disk I/O bandwidth used by each virtual machine; and improved memory management techniques for configuring and running virtual machines with total memory greater than the amount of physical RAM on the system.
"Server consolidation is becoming paramount among businesses looking to get the most from their technology investments," Greene said. "This is especially true as most servers are being used at only 10 percent to 35 percent capacity. VMware server products help businesses manage these investments better than before and enable them to do more with less." Among customers deploying ESX Server is National Gypsum Co., which is running 20 virtual machines on a four-way system, handling everything from customer relationship management applications and security to application development and testing, said Alan Thomas, a senior technical consultant for National Gypsum. The release of ESX Server 1.5 follows IBMs announcement in early December that ESX Server had been optimized to run on Intel Corp.-based eServer xSeries systems from IBM, including the x350 and the x370. 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, due for final release later this month.
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 www.eweek.com.


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