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VMware bakes ESX on server hardware; shrinks hypervisor from 2G to 32mb!

This all will be unveiled at the VMworld.

Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM and others will bake VMware’s software onto the the motherboards of their server computers.

VMware is the runaway early leader in the market for virtual machine software that makes it possible for a single computer to simultaneously run different operating systems and applications. This ability to juggle several computing chores on a single computer yields savings in hardware costs, electricity bills and staffing in corporate data centers.

The computer makers have agreed to put VMware’s hypervisor — the software socket in which the company’s virtual machines run — on their hardware (in flash memory on the motherboard). To get the nod, VMware accomplished the technical feat of shrinking its hypervisor more than 60-fold, from 2 gigabytes to 32 megabytes, says Bogomil Balkansky, senior director of product marketing.

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