VMs on a Diet

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Fresh from watching Dan Marino pitching his weight loss system during commercials on Monday Night Football is a story from the Ashlee Vance at The Register on an extremely thin version from one of the flagship VM products: VMWare ESX Server. This version is currently weighing in at a trim 32MB that is implemented via flash memory.

That’s right… I said Megabytes in flash! The previous portly version was measured in Gigabytes on the hard drive.

Ashlee’s article is here.

Diskless, virtualized HPC nodes anyone?


  1. I also saw a note on last night’s AMD Barcelona launch detailing a new product VMWare just released. They’re essentially tightly integrating specific pieces of hardware with their ESX server. Its not quite embedded, but its not exactly loosely coupled either. Interesting stuff :