rajkanuri
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Will ESXi stay as free product?

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I am more curious to know if vmware ESXi will still stay free with the future updates, As all further developments of vSphere will be done on ESXi..

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Dave_Mishchenko
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Welcome to the VMware Communities forums.

I would say that VMware vSphere Hypervisor (i.e. ESXi free)  will remain free.  In general the money is in the management products and not the hypervisor.  Given the free alternatives it would be quite an odd decision if they were to remove the free license.

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Free ESXi Essentials training / eBook offer

Now available - VMware ESXi: Planning, Implementation, and Security

Also available - vSphere Quick Start Guide

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Dave_Mishchenko
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Welcome to the VMware Communities forums.

I would say that VMware vSphere Hypervisor (i.e. ESXi free)  will remain free.  In general the money is in the management products and not the hypervisor.  Given the free alternatives it would be quite an odd decision if they were to remove the free license.

Dave
VMware Communities User Moderator

Free ESXi Essentials training / eBook offer

Now available - VMware ESXi: Planning, Implementation, and Security

Also available - vSphere Quick Start Guide

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AureusStone
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I can not imagine why VMware would remove the free license.

The free license means that when the company requires more advanced features and management they will have to pay for a license from VMware rather then using XenServer or Hyper-V.  If they removed the free license they would be basically giving money to the competition. Smiley Wink

rajkanuri
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Thanks for the reply

Although inapprorpiate to the discussion woulld to mention the following

I have Just notcied that the learn more here link is improperly inserted, have a look at that

URL: http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/server/vsphere/esx

ESXi will be the only  hypervisor architecure available with future vSphere releases following  4.1. Now is the time to ramp up your expertise about ESXi. You can start  by take advantage of the new FREE ESXi course and ebook offer that  VMware just made available.  Hurry up though the ebook offer will  continue while supplies last! Learn more here

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Dave_Mishchenko
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Thanks for pointing that out.  I'll get it fixed.

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