VMware to support modified virtual versions of Linux and Solaris

Infrastructure software firm VMware has announced that it will support “paravirtualised” Linux and Solaris x86 operating systems in future releases of its virtual infrastructure platform products.

Infrastructure software firm VMware has announced that it will support “paravirtualised” Linux and Solaris x86 operating systems in future releases of its virtual infrastructure platform products.

Paravirtualised Linux operating systems are modified systems that have been optimised to run in a virtual environment.

VMware would support paravirtualised Linux operating systems as they became adopted in commercial distributions, across its Workstation, GSX Server and ESX Server platforms, the company announced at the Linuxworld conference in San Francisco. It was also adding support for the Solaris x86 operating system.

By supporting both unmodified and paravirtualised Linux it would offer customers the widest choice of x86-based operating systems, the company said.

Businesses with mixed environments could now deploy any combination of Linux, Netware, Solaris x86 and Windows across the same VMware virtualisation platform for greater efficiency.

Jeffrey Engelmann, executive vice-president of marketing at VMware, said, “With more options available, customers can transition a larger portion of their data centre workloads to a virtual infrastructure and thereby benefit from the proven ROI of a virtual operating environment.”

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