VMware ESX on integrated servers
IBM i integration with BladeCenter® and System x® allows businesses to operate heterogeneous environments that include Intel®-compatible servers running VMware® ESX Server in addition to core business applications on the IBM i platform. VMware ESX is supported on BladeCenter and System x models that are attached to the IBM i platform via an iSCSI network.
VMware ESX Server is one of the leading virtualization products for x86 processor based servers. It enables the reduction of the number of physical servers through virtualization by supporting multiple virtual machines, each with an installed operating system, running on a single server. VMware ESX supports Windows®, Linux®, NetWare®, and Solaris® virtual machines. This support enables IBM i customers to install ESX server on an iSCSI attached BladeCenter or System x server and use the IBM i disks for all of the storage for the ESX server, extending the value of the IBM i storage management.
The ESX server is part of the VMware vSphere infrastructure. To learn more, see VMware vSphere Documentation (link resides outside of ibm.com).
VMware ESX operating system versions supported
The specific VMware ESX Server operating system versions supported depend on the integrated server model and the IBM i release level that is being used. See the Blade server models and System x server models sections in the IBM i iSCSI Solution Guide.