San Mateo, Calif.-based Connectix, which made its name with its Virtual PC software (a line which includes Virtual PC for Mac, Virtual PC for Windows and Virtual PC for OS/2) 14 years ago, has been working to recast itself as a server virtualization software provider with products like Virtual Server, launched in beta in November 2002.
Part of Microsoft's attraction to Connectix's technology may be because it adds depth to its forthcoming Windows Server 2003 family by allowing existing NT 4 customers to keep their NT 4 applications running as virtual machines. This makes the technology a ready-made ramp to migrate customers from NT 4 to the new Windows platform.
Connectix describes Virtual Server as a native Windows-based server application that allows users to run a broad range of server operating environments, including as Windows, Linux, UNIX, OS/2 and DOS, concurrently on a single physical server, within isolated virtual machines.
According to reports, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft plans to continue sales and development of Virtual PC for Mac.