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When OSes Play Nice Together

While soon-to-be-released virtualization technology will let single systems run more than one OS at a time, at least one solution provider in the U.K. isn't waiting to get started.

So if a corporate network is still standardized on Windows 98 because they can't afford to upgrade their homegrown applications to Windows XP, here's the solution: Run both! The virtualization technology will also allow a server to run both a Microsoft operating system and Linux.

Some folks aren't waiting for the full-blown virtualization rollout from Intel, though. HP's Rich Marcello points to HP reseller Repton, based in the U.K., which has developed a unique HP Integrity Superdome system. According to the site How Good Is It:

What really makes this system different, though, is its ability to run four operating systems concurrently: Windows, Linux, OpenVMS and HP-UX. Offering unrivaled flexibility and making these systems a natural choice for consolidation now and scaling with a business in the future.

Windows and other operating systems playing nice on the same server? That would have been tough to imagine just a few years ago.

What's not tough to imagine is that HP's Marcello, on his blog, offers a warm "thank you" to Repton.

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