VMware has announced the general availability of its free VMware Server virtualisation platform after a five month beta programme.
The free product has already seen over 700,000 downloads as part of the beta, and VMware is now offering enterprise-class support for the product at a charge.
The free hosted virtualisation product works in both Linux and Windows environments, and can be used with the VMware VirtualCenter solution to centrally provision, monitor and manage VMware Server deployments.
With VMware Server, users can quickly create and provision new server capacity by partitioning a physical server into multiple virtual machines, allowing firms to reduce their hardware costs.
VMware Server is the successor to the established VMware GSX Server platform that was introduced in 2001.
The Enterprise-class support list price for Gold level support is £200 for a one-year subscription per two processors. Platinum support is available at £255. VMware VirtualCenter for VMware Server costs £340 per two processors.
VMware Server is available at no charge for immediate download at www.vmware.com/products/server/
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