IBM and VMware Expand Their Relationship

by Rachel Chalmers
Mon, 29 Jul 2002
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IBM and VMware have added a global distribution and support agreement to the joint development deal they cut in February 2002. Big Blue will resell VMware's ESX Server virtual machine software with dynamic logical partitioning on select eServer systems. It will also offer worldwide support for ESX Server running Windows and Linux, as part of IBM Global Services' SupportLine. The deal dovetails nicely with the broader strategies of both partners. Companies are using VMware software on IBM machines in order to consolidate servers, improve return on investment and reduce cost of ownership. Meanwhile, IBM's eServer X440 is the first fruit of a three-year effort to build a powerful Intel server for enterprise datacenters.