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VMWare ESXi Free, Small Businesses Rejoice

July 28, 2008 Comments off

Today, VMWare released its popular ESXi software for free to the public.  The basic software includes all the basics for a fast and stable virtual machine host, including the VMKernel, Symmetrical Multi-processing, and the VMFS File System.

I have long been a proponent of VMWare because of the quality and stability of their software.  I am comfortable enough that I have driven my organization to virtualizing as the standard for all new servers (even production) unless it can be proven otherwise.  It has been a tremendous cost savings for us, spending about 1/8 of the dollars for a virtual infrastructure than our old physical one.

By releasing the core of their software for free, I hope many of you in smaller businesses that may have seen the cost of VMWare as prohibitively expensive will give it a try.  Don’t be scared to virtualize your hardware, its like we all learned in Kindergarten, it’s good to share.

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