VMware now offers full virtualisation support to 64-bit operating systems.
The firm, owned by EMC, has announced the availability of VMware ESX Server 3.0.1 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.0.1, which add full support for 64-bit operating systems to the VMware Infrastructure 3 platform.
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Both products are available free to customers who have VMware Infrastructure 3 support and subscription contracts.
The update to VMware Infrastructure 3 also includes a "non-disruptive" upgrade process from VMware ESX Server 2.x hosts and storage.
Virtualisation allows enterprises to run multiple operating systems on servers and sometimes desktops, allowing them to slash their hardware costs.
Brian Byun, vice-president of products and alliances at VMware, said, “64-bit computing brings important advancements in application performance and scalability, and greatly expands the enterprise workloads that can benefit from the volume economics of x86 hardware systems.”
He added, “The transition to 64-bit computing is a gradual one for customers. VMware Infrastructure 3 will be key to managing this gradual adoption curve as customers look to run mixed environments containing
32- and 64-bit applications and on multiple operating systems.”
VMware ESX 3.0.1 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.0.1 are available for download at www.vmware.com/products/vi