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Adding lower pricing tiers is a smart move, DiDio says. "As server virtualization becomes more commoditized they had to do it, and not just because of Microsoft. Citrix has had price declines too. You have to battle market pressure, especially when there is more competition and you know the competition is gunning for you."
In addition to unveiling vSphere Tuesday, VMware announced services for the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace, a Web site that offers virtual appliances that bunch the virtual server, operating system and application together into one downloadable package. The new features include VAM App on Demand, which lets customers test a virtual appliance by deploying it in the cloud without incurring hardware and setup costs.
VMware also announced that cloud partners including Terremark, Tata, Hosting.com and iTricity are offering free trials for customers to run applications on their hosting platforms.
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