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Xandros To Follow BridgeWay With Enterprise Virtual Server

Springtime Brings a New Xandros Lineup

  • February 16, 2007
  • By Jacqueline Emigh

Xandros, a company best known until now for its Linux desktop, will soon follow up on this week's announcement of BridgeWays software for Linux/Windows/Unix management with a new virtualization-enabled enterprise server, running not just on Xandros' long-time Debian platform but also on the Red Hat and Oracle Linux distributions, said company CEO Andreas ("Andy") Typaldos in an exclusive interview with LinuxPlanet.

According to Typaldos, the product and Linux distribution support plans spring from a new strategy by Xandros to offer an "interoperable and platform-independent end-to-end solution" for desktops and servers that will manage and operate applications, services, and directories across Linux, Unix, and Windows desktops and servers.

Like BridgeWays, Xandros' still unannounced first enterprise server--to be known as Advanced Server--will ship this spring, Typaldos said, during a meeting with LinuxPlanet in New York City, just after the close of this week's two-day LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit.

Spring is also the target time frame for a still unannounced second iteration of the company's Standard Server, which will also be available in Red Hat, Oracle, and Debian flavors.

More specifically, Standard Server 2 is likely to ready in March, and the first edition of Advanced Server at the end of April, according to Typaldos. Like Xandros' original Standard Server, the second edition of that product will function as an SMB server. But for large enterprises, Standard Server 2 will also work as an edge server in conjunction with Advanced Server.

Then, some time this summer, Xandros will add Novell SUSE Linux support to both Standard Server and Advanced Server. At the same time, though, Xandros will continue to "grow" its desktop product, according to the CEO.

"We're leveraging our desktop to get to the enterprise server," Typaldos told LinuxPlanet. Microsoft Windows, too, started out with a desktop product, he pointed out.

"In a world dominated by Windows, we've always had the best Linux desktop. [That's] the design DNA. Now let's [bring] that to our server product," he contended.

Xandros released Standard Server 1, its first SMB server, last summer. Typaldos said that the BridgeWays suite announced this week will form serve as the middleware and systems management platform in Xandros' vision of unified Linux, Windows, and Unix administration.

Xandros' existing products have won awards from organizations ranging from LinuxWorld to PC Magazine and PC World.

Typaldos told LinuxPlanet that Standard Server 2 will add capabilities that include integrated back-up and recovery, Windows Active Directory support, and support for migration from Windows Small Business Server.

Advanced Server, on the other hand, will include virtualization, along with server clustering for load balancing.

Xen virtualization will be built-in. Xandros will also support virtualization through VMWare, Virtuozzo, and OpenVZ, he said.

Xandros hasn't yet decided, though, what version number to use for the enterprise product, according to Typaldos.

"Advanced Server 1" would make sense, in light of the fact that this will be the first release. But on the other hand, Xandros might use "2" as the version number for the virtualized enterprise server, since it will use the same underlying code base as Standard Server 2, he told LinuxPlanet.

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