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VMware: Next Gen Virtual Platform Beats Microsoft's Carmine

VMware is "on track" to ship ESX3 and VirtualCenter2 by the end of this quarter and is not worried about Microsoft's pending entry into the virtualization management space, a company executive said.

In a phone interview before his presentation at EMC Technology Summit Monday, Raghu Raghuram, vice president of VMware's Platform Products, claimed the company's forthcoming platform upgrade and new consolidation add-on will deliver the most advanced virtualization capabilities in the market.

He said ESX3's four-way SMP support as well as VirtualCenter2's new Distributed Resources Manager (DRS) and Distributed Availability Service (DAS) are far ahead of Microsoft's planned Virtual Server Manager.

VirtualCenter2's Distributed Resource Manager, for example, allows customers to aggregate a group of servers and treat as one single resource to optimize resource management.

DAS, another new VirtualCenter 2 capability, allows for clustering of ESX servers so that if one ESX server fails all the virtual machines on that server are dynamically relocated to another server, the VMware exec added. Additionally, new programming interfaces will give users and partners the ability to automate at more sophisticated levels.

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