What Is VMware Server?
VMware® Server is a ree virtualization product or Windows andLinux servers with enterprise-class support. It enables companiesto partition a physical server into multiple virtual machines andto start experiencing the benets o virtualization. VMware Serveris a robust yet easy to use product or users new to server virtual-ization technology and is based on VMware’s proven technology,which has been used by thousands o customer or more thansix years.
What Is a Virtual Machine?
A virtual machine is like a server, but instead o electronics, it issotware. A virtual machine runs operating systems and applica-tions just like a physical server. However, virtual machines oerusers many advantages over physical servers. Virtual machines:• Are hardware independent and run on any x86 physical server.• Can access all physical host hardware resources such as CPU,memory, disk, networking and peripherals.• Are saved as les and can be provisioned and moved quickly.• Are completely isolated and secure.• Can run simultaneously and saely on the same physical server.• Are portable, so ull systems including virtual hardware, oper-ating systems and ully congured applications can be easilymoved rom one physical server to another, even whilein operation.• Can be built and distributed as plug-and-play virtual appliancesthat contain the entire stack o virtual hardware, operatingsystem and ully congured sotware applications.
How Does VMware Server Work?
VMware server installs and runs as an application on top o a hostWindows or Linux operating system. A thin virtualization layerpartitions the physical server so that multiple virtual machinescan be run simultaneously on a single server.Computing resources o the physical server are treated asa uniorm pool o resources that can be allocated to virtualmachines in a controlled manner.VMware Server isolates each virtual machine rom its host andother virtual machines, leaving it unaected i another virtualmachine crashes. Data does not leak across virtual machines andapplications can only communicate over congured network connec-tions. VMware Server encapsulates a virtual machine environment as aset o les, which are easy to back-up, move and copy.
What Are the Benefits of VMware Server?
By creating and running virtual machines with VMware Server,users can:• Provision additional servers in minutes without investing in newhardware.• Run Windows, Linux, Solaris and Netware operating systems and ap-plications on the same physical server.• Increase the CPU utilization o a physical server.• Move virtual machines rom one physical server to another withoutre-conguration.• Capture the entire state o a virtual machine and roll back to thatconguration with the click o a button• Gain centralized management to eciently provision, monitor andmanage IT inrastructure when combined with VMware VirtualCenter• Choose to access enterprise-class product support• Easily migrate virtual machines to VMware Inrastructure
Free Virtualization for Windows and Linux Servers
VMware Server partitions a physical server into multiple virtual machines.
“Oering VMware Server or ree will bring VMware’s proven virtualizationtechnology to a wider audience, allowing companies to achieve the benetso virtualization, such as cost reductions and fexible server provisioning.”
Craig LiessServer Administrator, Central Transport
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