VMware launches new server management software

Looking to ease server management, VMware Inc. released a new software product Monday designed to allow users to run multiple applications on a Windows-based server without facing added stability risks.

System administrators often dedicate a server to handle specific applications, hoping to lower the complexity of managing software and to reduce the risk of an application or hardware failure. This practice often means that a server is not used to its full capacity -- a problem VMware looked to solve.

VMware's GSX Server product makes it possible to partition servers running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software into multiple "virtual servers." By adding a layer of software between the hardware and the server operating system, the company is aiming at creating a more suitable environment for putting numerous applications on one server, according to a company spokeswoman.

By putting more applications onto one piece of hardware, users should be able to use more of their server's processing power and reduce their management burden, accessing multiple applications in one place, the company said.

Administrators can run up to four virtual servers per processor and can manage the system over the Internet. The GSX Server software starts at US$2,499 for a download from VMware's Web site or $2,550 for a boxed version of the product. This cost covers the license for one server with no limit on the number of processors. A version of the software designed for servers running Linux was released earlier this year at the same cost.

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