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Quick Takes: Xandros announces desktop management server

Xandros Inc. released a beta of its new desktop management server, leading off this edition of Quick Takes. Also included are items from PathScale and VMware.

Xandros Inc. of New York announced Monday that its Xandros Desktop Management Server (xDMS) is available for beta testing by enterprises with 50 or more network nodes. The product consists of a set of administrative tools to handle wide-area deployment and remote management.

Xandros Chairman and CTO Frederick Berenstein said enterprises complain about using Linux because of training costs. He said xDMS solves that issue via a new graphical user interface (GUI) that is intended to be intuitive to users and eliminates the need to learn command-line administration.

Managers will have the ability to deploy applications from a central server to specific departments of a company, manage software from a single console and group networked PCs. They will also be able to set up departmental PC configurations, take snapshots of those configurations and manage them from a central console. Berenstein said xDMS also simplifies patch deployment by installing them automatically on every computer in the network.

"Under the hood, there's complicated Linux stuff going on," but the GUI looks and feels like a Windows server, Berenstein said. "This is the best thing that's ever happened to the Linux world since sliced bread."

Xandros expects to release the product in September. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Click here for a beta version of xDMS.

VMware supports 64-bit

Virtualization software vendor VMware Inc. recently announced support for 64-bit x86 platforms including AMD's 64-bit compatible Opteron processor and Intel's Extended Memory 64 Technology.

VMware's support of 64-bit opens the door to the virtualization of memory-intensive applications like data mining and the management of large databases.

"Just as the 64-bit extended platforms allow users to mix 32-bit and 64-bit applications running under a 64-bit OS, VMware's support for 64-bit extensions will allow users to mix 32-bit and 64-bit OS environments within the same system," said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64 in a statement. "Workloads that don't benefit from 64-bit extensions can be moved intact to 32/64-bit platforms without any changes whatsoever. VMware software even allows legacy 16-bit applications and operating environments to run on 64-bit platforms. VMware's technology makes it easier for customers to consolidate existing 32-bit server workloads on the latest 64-bit x86 platforms."

VMware will introduce this initiative into its products during the next 18 months starting with support for 64-bit host operating systems in a forthcoming update to Workstation 4.5 which is expected to be available this quarter.

Click here for more on VMware.

PathScale opens compiler suite to new channel program

Linux cluster vendor PathScale Inc. recently announced it has made available its PathScale EKO Compiler Suite to its new FastPath Channel Partner Program. The program is for OEMs and system integrators who work with AMD's 64-bit compatible Opteron processors. The compiler suite is comprised of C, C++ and Fortran 77/90/95 compilers for Opteron systems.

Among the first U.S.-based members are Angstrom Microsystems, a manufacturer of high performance computers; Appro International, a developer of high-density, high-performance servers; Lahey Software Solutions, a developer of software for science and engineering; Linux Networx, a provider of proven cluster computing systems that deliver maximum sustained performance; Microway, a manufacturer of HPC Linux clusters; PSSC Labs, a builder of custom-configured high performance computing systems; and Rackable Systems, a provider of large-scale data center deployment solutions.

The channel program offers discounts, sales training and lead generation tools for Opteron OEMs and integrators.

Click here for more on the channel program.

Senior News Editor Michael S. Mimoso contributed to this report.

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