Connectix has taken the wraps of its Virtual Server software, an enterprise-class virtualisation solution for Windows-based servers, which allows users to consolidate servers.
The Virtual Server operates as a Windows service that enables multiple guest operating systems to run in virtual machines - including Microsoft Windows, .Net 2003 Server and Windows 2000, as well as Linux, NetWare OS/2 and DOS - concurrently on a single physical server. Virtual Server's component object model (COM) application programming interface lets organisations run a number of different operating systems and applications to interact. The feature is designed to allow developers to use one of many supported scripting languages to add their own functionality to the Virtual Server, such as monitoring and reporting server performance or automating maintenance tasks.
The Virtual Server is designed to reduce server sprawl - where there are too many servers under-utilised, for example - because up to 50 per cent of IT budgets for servers are devoted solely to maintenance costs. Market analyst IDC estimates a return on investment of more than seven times is possible through server consolidation, something Connectix aims to address with the Virtual Server product.
Marius Coomans, managing director of Connectix distributor FirmwareDesign, said companies that require both legacy systems up and running as well as the most current operation systems will find the product particularly useful. He said that finance and insurance customers will also make significant gains from using the product.
Connectix is currently conducting an open beta-testing program for the Virtual Server through its Web site and there are seven or eight companies in Australia currently testing the product. According to the developer, the Virtual Server will be available in the US in early December and in Australia early next year. The price of the product has not yet been determined.