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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-06 Print this article Print

Microsoft is targeting Windows NT 4.0 customers running legacy business applications with the Virtual Server technology, which will allow them to use virtualization to still run these on , released last month. While virtualization technology can be extremely useful in some situations, it is not a technology that solves all customer problems. It is, however, particularly suited to those departmental lines of business applications running on Windows NT 4.0.
"These applications did not have large transactional volumes and were important to one part of the business but not mission-critical for the company as a whole," Pizzirani said.
But customers are not looking at a virtual solution for enterprise applications like those from SAP and PeopleSoft, which are critical to keeping businesses operating and have high transactional volumes. Customers want to put these applications directly on the hardware so there are no performance lag; they could also cluster it so there is failover and they are isolated from hardware failure and/or other problems, he added. Other traditional server uses such as for file and print also do not benefit from the virtual machine scenario, he said. "The technology is going to help primarily with the moving of legacy applications up to the current version of the operating system. The other thing it will help with is server consolidation, where these legacy business applications use only some 10 percent of the server that they run on. People are thus looking at consolidating that. "Now, as you know, the applications do not really coexist well on the same server as frequently they were not written for that, so virtual machine technology can help them with that," Pizzirani 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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