PALO ALTO, Calif. -- VMware, Inc., the virtualization software leader, today unveiled VMware Server 2, the next generation of the company's easy-to-use, free-of-charge virtualization product. Based on VMware's proven and reliable technology, VMware Server 2 enables organizations to quickly provision new server capacity by partitioning a physical server into multiple virtual machines, resulting in better utilization of IT assets and simplified IT management. VMware Server 2 is available as a public beta download at http://www.vmware.com/go/server2_beta.
VMware Server 2 provides customers with a simple yet powerful introductory experience to virtualization, introduces a new intuitive Web-based management interface to provide a consistent management experience for Linux and Windows users, and supports a broad range of hardware and more than 30 flavors of guest operating systems including various Linux distributions, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 (beta) and Windows Vista.
"VMware Server is ideal for businesses interested in quickly and easily experiencing the benefits of virtualization," said Dan Chu, vice president of emerging products and markets at VMware. "More than 3 million copies of VMware Server have been downloaded to date, with approximately 70 percent of these downloads coming from companies typically categorized as small and medium businesses. VMware Server is a popular way for new customers to evaluate and begin using VMware software, and it allows them to easily transition to VMware's market-leading, enterprise-class virtualization platform, VMware Infrastructure. With the release of VMware Server 2, we look forward to introducing many more new customers to a better way to manage their IT resources."