VMware this week is shrinking its flagship ESX Server virtualization software so it can be embedded in servers from vendors such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell.
VMware is unveiling the software, VMware ESX Server 3i, along with other enhancements to its product line, to its solution providers and an estimated group of 10,000 attendees of its VMworld conference, which starts Tuesday in San Francisco.
ESX 3i has all the functionality of ESX Server, but was shrunk to fit in 32 Mbytes of memory instead of the previous 2 Gbytes in order to let it be embedded on server motherboards, said Bogomil Balkansky, senior director of product marketing at VMware.
"That makes it only 1 percent or 2 percent the size of a general purpose operating system," Balkansky said. "This has implications for reliability and security. A smaller code base is more reliable. And it leaves less surface area for attacks."
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