Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A bare-metal virtualization for free

Yesterday, VMWare announced one of their products, VMWare ESXi, will be provide for free later next week.
Very interesting for whom want test, learn and work on a bare-metal virtualization software, hypervisor, for free.
This is a little bit different than VMWare Server, but also make a more robust and perfomant system. The main difference is about host OS, VMWare Server need one whereas VMWare ESXi don't need it - it's bootable -, however it required a dedicated machine.
A test should come soon here.

Enjoy,

3 comments:

Dan Norris said...

Where is the link to the announcement? Looks like it costs over $1000 USD right now...are you sure they're going to give it away? Seems like an odd move that would piss off the guys that pay $1000 for it today. Remember the issues Apple had when lowering the prices on iPhones?!

LewisC said...

Looks like VMWare is working on a reimbursment plan for those who purchased in July: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Infrastructure/VMwares-ESXi-Hypervisor-for-Free/

Gasparotto Nicolas said...

Coming from a French IT newspaper, Le Monde Informatique :
http://www.lemondeinformatique.fr/actualites/lire-vmware-propose-gratuitement-une-nouvelle-version-de-son-hyperviseur-esxi-26616.html

But the link given previously is well.