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Free VMware (GSX) Server!

Feb 06, 20061 min
Data Center

VMware have just announced the release of VMware Server which they are making available for free!

VMware Server is really the company’s VMware GSX Server renamed. So, why would the VMware turn loose a product that has been selling for $1,400 for dual-processor servers and $2,800 for more powerful machines? The answer is to stave off the market encroachment from Microsoft’s Virtual PC on one hand and the open source virtualization product Xen on the other. And let’s not forget the proposed virtualization features of Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Vista. This is a bold move on VMware’s part and good for corporations with modest virtualization needs. If your company needs more features and facilities, fear not, VMware will still sell you their top end product, the VMware ESX Server.


Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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