HELIOS UB+ adds Support for VMware, Microsoft, and IBM server Virtualization

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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.

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Consolidation of servers, higher availability, more hardware flexibility and resource efficiency can be accomplished using virtualization

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."

More detailed background information at http://www.helios.de/news/news09/N_02_09.phtml.

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HELIOS UB+ 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, Sun 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.

For U.S. Sales:
European MikroGraf Corp.: 916-923-3520; E-mail: sales (at) ugraf.com; http://www.ugraf.com

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