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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: This story needs to clarify.
By stmok on 7/13/2006 2:02:51 PM , Rating: 2
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Sadly this free version only runs on Server 2K3 (maybe 2000 server as well but I dunno) and Linux.


I find this odd. I had been using Win2k/XP Pro for both the Beta and Release Candidate versions without issue. WTF is with the Windows Server requirement in ver 1.0?

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Which education system are you referring too? This is an Internationally recognised Internet site for tech/computer enthusiasts and professionals. Perhaps you missed your Geography lesson?


Professionals? Really? Most of the feedback I have seen in recent months have been hardly professional. Some news bit comes along that mentions keywords: "Sony", "PS3", etc, and some smartarse 15yr old loser puts his pointless 2 cent opinion into it.

I'm talking about all the Educational facilities around the world that have produced nothing but lazy SOBs who no longer read headlines or fineprint. There is some lost art or skill that has been evolving, where people, for some reason, don't know how to look up information.



But I do agree. If you're just doing purely Windows OSs and DOS, then go with Virtual PC/Server. Otherwise (Linux, BSD, etc), VMware is the way to go.

I usually run Linux as host OS, and have Windows as guest OSs. I also like the ability to create virtual networks, I find this extremely useful. (Its completely missing in Virtual PC, Parallels Workstation, etc).


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