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Buzz grows around server virtualisation

Buzz grows around server virtualisation

Server virtualisation got a boost last week - IBM acquired Meiosys, and two other start-ups announced new funding and new products.

Meiosys is involved in moving applications among physical servers. Since its founding in 2000, Meiosys has virtualised systems at the application level - applications, their connections and processes are separated from the physical hardware on which they run, and as such they can be moved from user to user or from machine to machine as operations dictate.

Meiosys' MetaCluster software will be integrated into IBM's high-end Linux and Unix servers and will ship in the second half of this year.

PlateSpin announced technology it calls OS Portability, which allows applications to be moved among physical servers, virtual servers and archived images such as those created by Symantec's LiveState or Ghost. With OS Portability, software can be completely de-coupled from the hardware, allowing IT to maximize the use of hardware resources. Application workloads can be moved across networks or WANs.

OS Portability is available on an evaluation basis and will be commercially available in July. Customers interested in the technology can register for a beta trial at http://www.platespin.com/betatrial-London

Another application virtualization vendor, Softricity, is reporting that it closed US$15 million in venture funding recently. The Boston company estimates that 35% of its revenue comes from Europe.

Softricity makes SoftGrid - software that encapsulates applications into secure virtual partitions so that they can be moved among Windows servers, desktops and laptops. Later this year, the company expects to release an application called ZeroTouch, which would allow users to get Windows applications from anywhere via a Web browser without intervention from IT.


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