Just read an article over on Virtualization.info – VMware’s ESX product is to be made available for free. Apparently this news was made available during a recent Q2 2008 earnings conference call, ESX 3i will be made free – although that’s only the hypervisor itself. The rest of the product set, VMware Infrastructure, will not be give away.
There are a number of other key details about this over in the Virtualization.info’s article. We certainly live in interesting times! Clearly HyperV is making real impact – although going forward, the real money it so be made in the surrounding management infrastructure (SCVMMN in MS’s case).