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The New York Times/CNET News: A Software Maker Goes Up Against Microsoft

Feb 26, 2007, 16:45 (4 Talkback[s])

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"VMware, a young Silicon Valley company, is the early leader in a fast-growing market for what is called virtual-machine software. And that puts it on a collision course with Microsoft, the industry's Goliath.

"A virtual machine essentially mimics a computer so that several copies of an operating system--say, Windows or Linux or both--can run on one physical machine. It allows computing chores to be done on fewer computers, using less electricity and taking up less space, promising a way to control costs at corporate data centers straining to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of the Internet age..."

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