Vmware begins offering trial for ESX Server 3.0

By Justin Mann on February 10, 2006, 4:10 PM
Both AMD and Intel are pushing virtualization, and companies like Vmware are going to be loving it. Vmware is now testing a trial version of their Premium ESX Server 3.0 product, which allows a single x86 based server to run multiple operating systems without the overhead of having a “host” OS, such as most virtual environments are today. The push towards virtualization with better hardware support such as dynamic load balancing is a great step to getting more use out of very expensive server hardware.

The new ESX Server 3.0 beta continues this higher-end trend. It includes features for balancing computing loads within a group of virtual machines, data backup, and cluster management, VMware President Diane Greene said Thursday in a meeting with reporters. The company also said earlier that the version will support virtual machines that span four processors, double that of the current Virtual SMP feature.
Vmware does have rivals, from both the open source community and Microsoft. Since virtualization is so untapped as of yet, it's no doubt that all three of big virtualization players will have lots of room to roam in over the next few years. Vmware is offering the trial version of ESX Server 3.0 to 2,700 people currently. The final product release date is unknown.

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cyrax said:
Lets see if the open source community come up with quality stuff, i really don't want to use a microsoft product to handle this level stuff.
Need_a_Dell said:
I still don't see the benefit of running more than one OS on a system. It seems like a silly idea to me. Sure, it sounds cool, but where's the real world application for this technology?
nathanskywalker said:
I must admit, i am confused as well. If there were a way to only allow the strengths of each seperate system to be used coperativily, well then i could see the need. Otherwise, it would be very nice, but i don't see that we really need it.
Race said:
This applies more to medium to large server networks. Companies, businesses, etc., can benefit in big ways from this.ProductivityEfficiencyCapacityPerformance
buttus said:
VMWare is a product of the future, and savy VP's and Directors of IT should catch on now.In short....Almost every server in an IT department runs at about 5% efficiency on the CPU. The horses that are in todays CPU's are unbelievably fast with no real applications that can catch up and bog them down. Conventional thinking of IT Managers everywhere says "One server, One application" and so there is tremendous waste of operational effectiveness in most IT Departments.VMWare will allow multiple OS's and applications to be able to be loaded on one CPU and thus create virtual servers. This layering will then increase the load and effeciancy of those CPU's to about 40-50%, and perhaps a bit further.Doing more with less. That is the corporate mantra out there for the past two years. It's also the reason why year over year my IT sales have gone down considerably.
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