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VMware Doubles Memory Management In VMware Server 2.0

Over the past 18 months, VMware Server has been downloaded to 3 million users, and 70% of them were employed at small and medium businesses.

VMware is launching the second version of its free download product, VMware Server, the software on which many small and medium businesses conduct their virtualization test drive.

Eighteen months ago, VMware made its low-end product GSX Server available for free, redubbing it VMware Server. It was an artful way of inducing early virtualization users to stick with VMware instead of turning to open source Xen, which was just out in its enhanced 3.0 version.

VMware Server 1.0 required a software download to establish a management interface, and one download for each instance of VMware Server. Users of Version 2.0 will get a Web interface that a company can mount on a Web server, then each VMware Server user in a company can point a browser to it, log in, and gain a management interface, said Ben Matheson, VMware director of small and medium business.

The improvement is important, he said, because many of VMware Server's users turned out to be small and medium businesses getting acquainted with virtualization. Over the past 18 months, VMware Server has been downloaded to 3 million users, and 70% of them were employed at small and medium businesses, according to registration information collected with the downloads, said Matheson in an interview.

VMware wants to keep this clientele experimenting with VMware's products. "They then migrate up to our more high-end products," said Matheson.

Other changes in VMware 2.0 include:

-- In the past, a VMware virtual machine could work with up to 3.6 Gbytes of random access memory. Now it can work with up to 8 Gbytes, Matheson said.

-- VMware Server has gained rudimentary symmetrical multiprocessing support and can run a virtual machine that exploits a two-way server.

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