VMware server free?

I work in a group here at NetApp which will soon be responsible for the development of the VMware SAN Host Attach Kit. In related news today for VMware, the EMC subsidiary is expected to announce next week that VMware GSX will be free. Currently, the software runs $1,400 for a dual-processor server. Here’s part of the CNET News.com article:

VMware, an EMC subsidiary whose software lets multiple operating systems run on the same computer, is expected to announce next week that it will begin giving away one of its key products for free, CNET News.com has learned.

The company sells three core products, VMware Workstation, GSX Server and ESX Server, but competition is on the horizon in a market VMware once had to itself. On Monday, however, the company is expected to announce it will give away GSX for free, sources familiar with the plan said.

GSX runs on a “host” Windows or Linux operating system and then lets “guest” operating systems run atop it in compartments called virtual machines. The higher-end ESX product, in contrast, needs no host and runs below the operating system layer.

View: VMware to make server product free | CNET News.com
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James Burke
Frisco, TX