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CNET News.com: VMware announces CFO and new server software

Dec 06, 2000, 00:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"VMware, which sells software to run numerous operating systems at the same time on a single computer, named a new chief financial officer and announced a new server version of its product Tuesday...."

"VMware GSX Server lets customers split up a server into several "virtual machines," each a separate version of an operating system and software, but all able to share the same hardware. The server software also comes in a more expensive ESX version that has more sophisticated software underpinnings designed for more demanding environments and use on multiprocessor servers."

"The object of the software is to bring mainframe-like features to cheaper Intel-based servers, letting computing tasks run in separate compartments where they won't interfere with each other. The penalty is that each virtual machine requires its own memory and other computing resources, requiring that more powerful systems be purchased."

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