VMware Server vs VMware ESX/ESXi

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    The story

    At the beginning there were two enterprise solutions:

    • GSX Server (Ground Storm) -> now VMware Server

    • ESX Server (Elastic Sky) -> the first bare metal hypervisor

    http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=15206

     

    Now the end of VMware Server 2 is near!

    http://www.vmware.com/security/advisories/VMSA-2010-0007.html

    End of General Support for VMware Server 2.0 is 20 11-06-30, users should plan to upgrade to the newest release of either ESXi or VMware Player.

    See also this post:

    http://virtualization.info/en/news/2010/05/vmware-server-to-be-discontinued-by-june-2011.html

     

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    VMware Server 2.x

    New enhancements and functionality are listed below:

         

    • New expanded operating system support

         

    • 64-bit operating system support

         

    • VMware Infrastructure (VI) Web Access management interface

         

    • Independent virtual machine console

         

    • More scalable virtual machines

         

    • Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

         

    • Support for Virtual Machine Interface (VMI)

         

    • Virtual Machine Communication Interface (VMCI)

         

    • Support for VIX API 1.6

     

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    VMware vSphere

    http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/buy/editions_comparison.html

    VI 3.5 vs vSphere 4.0

    ESXi vs Full ESX

     

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    VMware Server vs VMware ESXi (and ESX)

    http://www.vmware.com/products/server/faqs.html

     

    VMware Server       

    VMware ESXi

    Architecture      

    Hosted      

    Hypervisor

    Hypervisor type      

    Hybrid      

    Type-1 (bare metal)

    OS Requirements      

    Windows or Linux      

    None

    Typical Use Cases      

    Test & Dev, Production      

    Production, Test & Dev

    Dedicated Server Required      

    No      

    Yes

    Centralized Management Option      

    No      

    Yes

    Ease of Use      

    High      

    High

    Performance      

    Good      

    Best

    Scalable to VMware Infrastructure      

    Easy      

    Easiest

     

    See also: Server vs. ESXi?

     

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    Virtualization software comparison

    One of the most complete comparison (by The specified item was not found.).

    Include also VMware ESX/ESXi and VMware Server:

    http://www.it20.info/misc/virtualizationscomparison.htm