HELIOS UB+ adds support for VMware, Microsoft, and IBM server virtualization
Main benefits of HELIOS server virtualization include consolidation of servers, enhanced hardware flexibility, and load balancing, while retaining isolation of services, when operating in VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V, and IBM AIX VM environments.
Hannover, Germany, February 4, 2009 – HELIOS Software GmbH announced it has released full server virtualization support for VMware, Microsoft, and IBM. As a leading developer of cross-platform networking, PDF, and image server solutions for Mac, Windows, and web clients, all HELIOS server products, including the WebShare, EtherShare, and PCShare cross-platform file and print server solutions, are now fully supported in virtual machine (VM) environments.
Virtualization has become a critical technology as demand for IT services increases, while energy and other costs necessitate a reduction in server hardware. Systems such as VMware ESX server, Microsoft Hyper-V, and IBM PowerVM allow running multiple “virtual machine” guest systems on a server. Several instances of Linux, Windows, and Solaris can run simultaneously on the same server hardware, allowing consolidation of servers, adding hardware flexibility and better efficiency, while retaining isolation of services.
Now, HELIOS has added additional support to ensure that HELIOS Server Solution products running in a virtual machine work with high availability. The load balancing options of the virtualization vendors are supported as well, allowing for the most flexible usage of given hardware resources. Exporting and importing entire VMs allows quickly moving an entire server configuration to new hardware.
“Consolidation of servers, higher availability, more hardware flexibility and resource efficiency can be accomplished using virtualization”, according to HELIOS CEO Helmut Tschemernjak, who adds, “This is demanded by customers worldwide. We are glad to announce that the major vendors of server virtualization, namely VMware, Microsoft and IBM, are fully supported with our HELIOS UB+ server solutions.”.