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VMware for virtualisation

Virtual infrastructure software provider VMware has launched an entry-level hosted virtualisation product for Linux and Windows servers.

The company says that with the launch of VMware Server it wants to ensure that every company interested in, considering or evaluating server virtualisation for the first time has access to the industry-leading virtualisation technology.

VMware Server enables users to quickly provision new server capacity by partitioning a physical server into multiple virtual machines. It supports any standard x86 hardware and a variety of Linux and Windows host and guest operating systems, including 64-bit operating systems. It also supports Virtual SMP, enabling a single virtual machine to span multiple physical processors, and offers virtual machine monitoring.

VMware says its server product is the first commercially available server virtualisation product with support for 64-bit virtual machines and Intel Virtualisation Technology, a set of Intel hardware platform enhancements designed specifically to enhance virtualisation products.

VMware Server beta is available for immediate download at www.vmware.com/products/server/. The product is expected to be generally available by June 2006.


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