SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at
LinuxWorld, VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software
for industry-standard systems, announced plans to support paravirtualized
Linux and Solaris x86 operating systems in future releases of VMware virtual
infrastructure platform products -- Workstation, GSX Server and ESX Server.
With support for more than 60 x86-based operating systems, VMware platform
products support the industry's broadest set of operating systems. This broad
support gives customers more choice when using virtualization to lower the
cost of managing multiple operating system environments.
VMware is adding support for paravirtualized Linux operating systems as
they become adopted in commercial operating system distributions across its
virtual infrastructure platform products. Paravirtualized Linux operating
systems are modified operating systems that are specifically optimized to run
in a virtual environment. This gives customers the choice of running both
unmodified and paravirtualized operating systems, with or without assistance
from underlying processor technologies, concurrently on the same
virtualization platform. By supporting both unmodified and paravirtualized
Linux operating systems, VMware is extending its industry leadership in
providing high performance virtualization for the broadest choice of x86-based
VMware is also adding support for the Solaris x86 operating system across
its virtual infrastructure products. Enterprises with mixed environments may
now securely deploy and manage any combination of Linux, NetWare, Solaris x86
and Windows and instances across the same VMware virtualization platform,
achieving higher system utilization and greater management efficiencies.
"VMware's support for paravirtualized Linux and Solaris x86 operating
systems and our experience with enabling virtual operating environments for
more than 10,000 enterprise server customers is consistent with our continued
commitment to give customers greater choice," said Jeffrey Engelmann,
executive vice president of marketing at VMware. "With more options
available, customers can transition a larger portion of their data center
workloads to a virtual infrastructure and thereby benefit from the proven ROI
of a virtual operating environment."
VMware's support for these additional operating systems means more
customers can gain additional leverage from using VMware's management software
VirtualCenter with VMotion technology across heterogeneous operating system
environments. This further extends the applicability of VMware virtual
infrastructure as an enterprise-wide strategy.
"Using VMware virtual infrastructure on a large scale since 2002 has
brought us multiple benefits," said Tony Adams, technology analyst for J.R.
Simplot Company. "VMware's support of a wide variety of operating systems
gives us the flexibility to run key applications on multiple operating systems
in test, development, staging and production, and manage them with one set of
tools. We plan to leverage their support of paravirtualized operating systems
to continue to strengthen our infrastructure."
"While basic partitioning is a useful tool, it is important for our
organization to be able to manage a variety of virtualized data center
platforms with a consistent and comprehensive set of management tools," said
Craig Liess, network administrator for Central Transport International. "We
have been using VMware virtual infrastructure in development, test and
production environments and leveraging that familiarity and experience for
additional operating systems would be ideal."
"Virtual Infrastructure has increasingly become essential to our
business," said Doug Baer, systems engineer for Desert Schools Federal Credit
Union. "We have been using VMware Workstation, VMware GSX Server, VMware ESX
Server and VMware VirtualCenter with VMotion technology in development, test
and production environments for over a year. Support for even more guest
operating systems provides us with the flexibility to deploy even more
applications and enables us to get maximum value out of our computing
Virtual infrastructure provides a layer of abstraction between the
computing, storage and networking hardware and the software that runs on it.
By creating a uniform virtual hardware platform, virtual infrastructure allows
software to be installed on or moved from any industry-standard physical
system to another without requiring reconfiguration of the software, operating
system or applications. Virtual infrastructure makes existing resources more
efficient and flexible, and drives down the cost of IT.
About VMware, Inc.
VMware, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC), is the global leader in virtual
infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. The world's largest
companies use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their
existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business
demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit
www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.
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