Connectix, the company that launched Virtual PC, has moved into the complex world of servers with its Virtual Server software for Intel-based machines.
The software, which is due to be launched at the beginning of next year, has been handed to partners for beta testing.
Meanwhile, Connectix has also partnered with software management vendors BladeLogic, LeoStream and ProTier to provide management apps.
FirmwareDesign will distribute Virtual Server within Australia and is in discussions with its customers to take part in the beta trial.
"Virtual Server bridges both sides of our business: tools and systems for the Web, and compatibility solutions," said FirmwareDesign managing director Marius Coomans. "We are already talking to clients about making them part of the beta program."
Virtual Server allows users to concurrently run more than one operating system, including Windows 2000, Linux, Unix, and OS/2, on one machine. As well as applications among developers, the solution is likely to find favour with ISPs that want to overcome the security problems of using a virtual server, but also consolidate the number of servers. "Some of these individual servers are so powerful that most of the time they are sitting there doing nothing, and one machine is far easier to manage than multiple machines," Coomans said.
The software is unlikely to find a following among server vendors, since it effectively means less machines will be sold.
"The Linux world of cheap servers will obviously see it as competition," Coomans said. "For the more sophisticated, powerful boxes, this could mean renewed life for the high-end server business. It will be interesting to see how it plays out."