VMware & its Technology
VMware, Inc is a cloud and Virtualization software company located in California, USA operated by the ECM Corporation since 2004.VMware technology products include desktop, enterprise and other software products which are briefly discussed in this article. Desktop Technology Products:
The first desktop product which was introduced by VMware was VMware workstation in 1999; the platform allows the user to setup many instances of virtual machines on a single host machine. There are currently twelve VMware workstation version namely version 1.0, 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0. For Macintosh systems a product introduces by VMware is VMware Fusion. Like any VMware it also permits operating system like Windows or Solaris virtual machines to be set up for Intel-based Macs. It has many versions from 1.0 to 5.0.2 which has specific system requirements to run on Mac systems. VMware Player is another free software product initially with the aim not to create virtual machine but after version 3 this restriction has been removed. This product has better graphics & optimizes performance features. Server Technology Products:
VMware ESX is a server software product providing better performance than the freeware VMware Server. It has its own architecture e.g. micro kernel which means it can be run on directly on the server hardware without the need of an operating system. All versions prior to ESXi 4.1 had RedHad (Linux based) management console and used to support Linux CLI commands. Integrating this product with VMware vCenter provides additional services like VMotion, Storage VMotion, Distributed Resource Scheduler and High Availability to improve the reliability as well as manageability of a server deployment. VMotion is just like a movement or transfer of one virtual machine between two different ESX hosts. VMware ESXi is somewhat related to ESX, but it does not have a service console and replaced with a minimal...
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