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HELIOS adds support for Xen virtualized servers

HELIOS UB2 server solutions running within a VM are flexible, highly available, and easy to transfer, enabling server consolidation, energy savings, and isolation of services. The leading server virtualization solutions from VMware, Hyper-V and Xen are supported.

Hannover, Germany, November 22, 2011 – HELIOS Software GmbH, a leading developer of cross-platform file, print, image, proofing, remote collaboration, and PDF server software, announced today that Xen based virtual solutions are fully supported using the new HELIOS UB2 product generation. Server virtualization offers tremendous cost savings and allows complete independence from the underlying hardware. Virtualized servers offer a very cost effective and flexible solution to isolate server applications from different vendors, and to enable each to run within their optimal operating system environment.
HELIOS products are widely known for their broad support of major operating systems and hardware platforms, to serve Windows, Mac and remote Web clients. The new Xen support as well as the existing VMware and Hyper-V support of HELIOS UB2 server software allows customers to choose between all major virtual machine (VM) solutions.
HELIOS UB2 server solutions do not require any special underlying hardware and no USB machine identification. This allows easy migration of VMs between servers and offers perfect support for high availability solutions. The performance of a HELIOS UB2 virtual machine comes close to the performance of running on native hardware.
Helmut Tschemernjak, president of HELIOS Software, explains, “We see a clear trend that many server sites are looking into deployment of virtual servers. The new x86-64 based servers offer many times more performance compared to servers from a few years ago.” He continues, “with the new Xen virtual server support, all major VM server solutions are supported by the HELIOS UB2 software”.
Server virtualization solutions supported by HELIOS UB2:
  • Linux Xen and Citrix XenServer
  • VMware ESX Server
  • Microsoft Hyper-V

Running within these virtual server solutions, the HELIOS UB2 file, print, image, and PDF server solutions support the following 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems:

  • Linux RedHat or SUSE (kernel 2.6 or newer)
  • Windows Server 2003/2008 (or newer)
  • Oracle Solaris 10 and 11

Starting today customers with a Software Upgrade Service agreement can download the required updates for HELIOS UB2 to receive Xen support. The VMware and Hyper-V support is already included in HELIOS UB2. Further details on HELIOS server virtualization can be found at

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HELIOS UB2 Unbreakable Server Solutions deliver mission critical server solutions to enterprise, government, university, and prepress sites. WebShare, EtherShare, and PCShare provide integrated cross-platform networking for Mac, Windows and Web clients, with advanced file and print server services, and easy remote server administration. HELIOS ImageServer, PDF HandShake and PrintPreview bring high efficiency and advanced capabilities to design, prepress and printing operations.

HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers including Apple Mac OS X, IBM AIX, Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Windows systems. HELIOS products provide reliable cross-platform support for Mac, Windows, Web and UNIX-based clients.

Distributors sell HELIOS products worldwide to value-added resellers who provide complete networking solutions to customers. HELIOS also works with many strategic partners that incorporate HELIOS server software to provide powerful third-party archive, asset management and workflow solutions.

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HELIOS Software GmbH
Steinriede 3
30827 Garbsen
Phone: +49 5131 709320
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