The Price Of Virtualization - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Enterprise Applications
News
2/6/2006
09:55 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Building Security for the IoT
Nov 09, 2017
In this webcast, experts discuss the most effective approaches to securing Internet-enabled system ...Read More>>

The Price Of Virtualization

It's hard to beat free--a fact of life that's not lost on EMC's VMware unit, which this week is looking to seed the market for its virtualization software by giving away an enhanced version of its GSX Server, called VMware Server. VMware expects the move to increase the market for its VMotion and Virtual Center management tools. And, while VMware won't say so, it's also a way to counter XenSource's free, open-source virtualization software, which debuted in December.

"It's like giving away 2-day-old doughnuts," says Simon Crosby, CTO of XenSource, the company selling products around open-source Xen 3.0. Xen's virtual machines are faster because they feed instructions directly to the chip; those created by VMware Server rely on "software emulation of a chipset, which is why it's so slow," Crosby says.

Sniping aside, 2006 looks like a big year to see how much can be done with virtualization. Central Transport International is using GSX Server to consolidate 50 Intel servers on eight GSX-hosted machines, saving $250,000 a year, network administrator Craig Liess says. The bottom line: The software saves money, boosts utilization rates, and is about to become free.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
[Interop ITX 2017] State Of DevOps Report
[Interop ITX 2017] State Of DevOps Report
The DevOps movement brings application development and infrastructure operations together to increase efficiency and deploy applications more quickly. But embracing DevOps means making significant cultural, organizational, and technological changes. This research report will examine how and why IT organizations are adopting DevOps methodologies, the effects on their staff and processes, and the tools they are utilizing for the best results.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll