VMware, the leader in the fast-growing market for virtual machine software, said Monday that it will share its code with partners like IBM, Intel and Hewlett-Packard in an effort to make the its technology an industry standard.
Virtual machine software is a layer of code that resides between the operating system and computer hardware. It essentially mimics a computer so that several copies of an operating system--say, Windows or Linux or both--can run on one physical computer. More recent versions of virtual machine software make it possible to juggle computing chores across many machines to increase efficiency and reduce costs in corporate data centers.
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