I really love VMware (who recently had their IPO). I've used their VMware Workstation product for quite a while (I love the snapshoting and branching features), I just started using VMware Fusion on my Mac at home, and I'm evaluating their VMware Server products for some of JKI's office servers (such as our daily build machine). That's why I was very excited to hear the announcement that they are coming out with virtual machine hardware. Now, you're probably thinking "What does that mean?". Let me explain...
One of the reasons that I was dragging my feet a little bit about
started with VMware's server products is that I don't want to
manage a Windows Server installation. That was
going to be yet another
responsibility -- upgrading service packs, keeping it virus free,
But, with the new ESX Server 3i, I won't need Windows Server
(or any other
operating system, for that matter).
VMware is teaming up with hardware vendors (Dell, HP, IBM, etc.) to
computers that basically have no operating system
(no MS Windows, no
Linux, etc.) -- they only have a very thin VMware Server operating
Server 3i) for running virtual machines. Let me just say that this is
Virtualizing server machines makes total sense.
are easy. Hardware is more fully utilized.
Migration to new hardware
is seamless. There are just so many reasons to do it.
Adding more computational power to ones computing systems should be
like adding gasoline into one's car tank. Right now it's like
we let the tank run empty and go buy another car. That just
doesn't make any sense. VMware's new hardware virtualization
platform has the potential to bring cloud
computing out of the clouds and into your on-site data
Disclosure: I did not
receive any compensatiuon to write this post. I'm just a huge
fan of VMware.
If you’re interested to learn more about VMware be
sure to check out the
up Windows XP on VMware Server.