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Taking a look at the new VMware Server 2.0 RC1 and finding out how it compares to ESXi

Even though virtualization has been getting a lot of attention in the recent past few years, the x86 virtualization technologies have been around for about the last 10 years.  In the early days, virtualization was for the most part limited to the desktop and used mostly by enthusiasts.  It eventually made its way to the server, but wasn't taken seriously like it is today.  It was also considered expensive.  Over time, opinions changed on the technology... becoming favorable.  And it also started to become more affordable.

VMware's early server class product, VMware GSX Server, ultimately became VMware Server... and at that time, also became free!  Which is certainly affordable on anyone's budget.

David Davis has been around the IT industry for over 15 years, and is perhaps best known by many of you for his numerous articles or his great training videos distributed with Train Signal.  And his latest article on VirtualizationAdmin.com takes a deeper look at VMware Server 2.0 RC1 and how it compares to ESXi, another recently announced FREE virtualization product from VMware.  David writes:

For many years, VMware Server has been VMware’s sole FREE virtualization offering. VMware Server runs on top of the Windows or Linux operating system and is an excellent platform for server virtualization. Recently, it was announced that VMware ESXi Server will now be offered at no cost. Now, if you are looking for a powerful but free virtualization platform for your SMB (from VMware), you have a choice between VMware Server and VMware ESXi. With the release of VMware Server 2.0, there are many few features offered with VMware Server. In this article, let’s find out what VMware Server has to offer and how VMware Server compares to ESXi.

For those who do not know, VMware Server is VMware’s free server virtualization product that runs inside Windows or Linux. VMware Server’s main competition is Microsoft Virtual Server. However, with VMware ESXi Server now being free, customers now have a greater choice of free server virtualization products (we will talk about how VMware Server & ESXi compare in an upcoming paragraph).

With VMware Server, you can run multiple guest operating systems inside your host operating system. There are many combinations of how this can be done. For example, you could run Linux inside Windows Server or Windows Vista inside Linux.

Now let’s find out about the latest version of VMware Server…

 Read this entire article to find out more information about VMware Server 2.0 RC1 and ESXi.

Published Sunday, August 24, 2008 9:01 AM by David Marshall
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