VMware has announced the general availability of VMware Server after a five-month beta programme with more than 700,000 downloads.
Customers deploying the free-hosted virtualisation product for Linux and Windows servers can now buy enterprise-class support from VMware. In addition, they can now use VMware VirtualCenter to centrally provision, monitor and manage VMware Server deployments.
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VMware says that users can progress from its eponymous server product to VMware Infrastructure 3, the third generation of the infrastructure virtualisation software suite that allows industry-standard infrastructure farms to be managed as a shared utility and dynamically allocated to different business units or projects.
The suite is designed to deliver virtualisation, management, resource optimisation, application availability and operational automation capabilities in an integrated offering.
VMware says that its Infrastructure solution is used by more than 20,000 companies worldwide, of which more than 90% are running it in production server environments and 25% are choosing to standardise their industry-standard systems on it.
The company says that its server products offer capabilities such as the ability to run on standard x86 hardware; support for 64-bit guest operating systems, including Linux, Windows, NetWare and Solaris; support for VMware VirtualCenter to efficiently provision, monitor and manage infrastructure from a central management console; ‘experimental’ support for 2-Way Virtual SMP, enabling a single virtual machine to span multiple physical processors; and the ability to run on a wider variety of Linux and Windows host and guest operating systems than any server virtualisation product on the market.