Executive Summary

By Francis Chu  |  Posted 2003-02-24 Print this article Print

: GSX Server 2.5"> Executive Summary: GSX Server 2.5

Usability Excellent
Capability Excellent
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
VMwares GSX Server 2.5 supports more virtual machines, runs on larger servers and has a better management interface than previous versions of the software. Enterprise sites looking for an Intel-based server virtualization solution should consider GSX Server.

Cost Analysis

GSX Server is priced starting at $3,025 for a two-processor system. IT managers will also need to buy software licenses for operating systems running on the virtual servers and might want to invest in more expensive high-end servers for optimal performance. GSX Server can lower the total cost of ownership of servers, however, by reducing management costs and increasing operation efficiencies.

(+) Robust and flexible Intel-based virtualization platform; comprehensive operating system support; easy to manage.

(-) Large number of virtual servers levies performance overhead.

Evaluation Short List

  • Connectix Corp.s Virtual Server

  • Ensims Virtual Private Server

  • SWSofts Virtuozzo 2.5



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