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ZDNet: VMware Welcomes Guest OSes

May 02, 2000, 13:16 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"Diane Greene loves to surf. And not just the Web. Greene, co-founder, president an chief executive at Vmware, is a real surfer, who organized the first Windsurfing World Championship on Lake Ontario in 1974 and the first windsurfing Olympics in Kingston, Ontario, two years later. And she used to ride the waves to victory herself when she competed in the women's division of the San Francisco Classic, a race she helped organize in 1979."

"Now she's riding a different wave, an Internet-powered virtual wave, and she believes VMware will be a winner in the next systems platform contest. VMware builds a virtual machine system capable of mimicking, in software, a complete Pentium hardware environment."

"Once VMware is running on a piece of Intel hardware, it can spawn any number of Intel-like environments and run a variety of operating systems on one server. 'We support them as guests - any operating system that will run on a Pentium piece of hardware,' Greene says. Which means DOS, open source code Linux, various Unixes - including Sun Microsystem's Solaris 7 Intel Edition - and IBM's OS/2 can run under VMware's virtual machine on one server."

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