VMware Server Now Free
July 13, 2006 6:21 AM
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Enterprise level virtualization now free of charge says VMware
VMware today announced that its venerable virtualization platform,
VMware Server, is now available free of charge
. VMware is making the virtualization platform free after five vigorous months of beta testing. The company says that its technology is tried and true, and used by many of today's top companies. According to the press release:
Users can easily progress from VMware Server to VMware Infrastructure 3, the third generation of the industry-leading infrastructure virtualization software suite that allows entire industry-standard infrastructure farms to be managed as a shared utility and dynamically allocated to different business units or projects. The suite is designed to deliver comprehensive virtualization, management, resource optimization, application availability and operational automation capabilities in an integrated offering.
Interestingly, Microsoft also made its own
Virtual PC 2004 application available for free
this week as well. While Virtual PC 2004 and VMware Server are definitely two very different applications, it's clear that competition is there and the end user benefits. Users who wish to try out virtualization will find that VMware Server will offer more advanced features than is available in Virtual PC 2004.
As an enterprise level virtualization platform, VMware Server has some of the following features:
Experimental SMP, allowing a virtual machine to use multiple processors
Support for Intel's VT Technology
Support for 64-bit guest operating systems
Ability to capture entire state of a virtual machine and roll back at any time with single click operation
VMware Server is available immediately at no charge. VMware did not say how long it plans on making VMware Server available for free. Beta releases of VMware Server were announced
back in February of this year
, but the more recent press release claims the final version is free.
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RE: free of charge?
7/13/2006 9:44:43 AM
Virtual Server 2005 is also free.
I understand the Microsoft move since you have to pay for each OS license you install, but VM... what does they win?
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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