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cca
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ESX 3i x VMware Server

Hi

With free VMware ESX 3i, is this the end of VMware Server?

Ok ok VMware Server runs on a poor hardware and ESX 3i doesn't. But I think powerful hardware is becoming cheaper and small companies are having access to it too.

What do you think?

CCA

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RParker
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NO, ESX 3i was offered as an alternative to Microsoft Hyper V and some Linux products have built in Xen.

VM Ware server still has a place, like running it under Windows on a laptop.. works better than trying to dual boot 3i or installating 3i natively on a machine that's not intended.. VM Ware server also has support for USB and other stuff.. VM Ware server isn't going anywhere.

Also it may be free, but it's very limited....

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cca
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Ok

But I think the company will get together Workstation and Server in one free product.

CCA

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Texiwill
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Hello,

Moved to Virtualization Technology & Industry forum for wider view.


Best regards,

Edward L. Haletky

VMware Communities User Moderator

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CIO Virtualization Blog: http://www.cio.com/blog/index/topic/168354

As well as the Virtualization Wiki at http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization

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Ken_Cline
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Don't expect to see WS/Server combined into a single free product. While there are "viable" alternatives to Server, Workstation is in a class unto itself. If you are a software developer, Workstation is worth 10 times it current price and I suspect VMware will continue to offer it as a "for fee" product for a long time to come.

As for VMware Server / ESXi - RParker hit on the primary reason you would want to use one over the other...it's mostly the hardware support. Each product has its strengths - I think that Server has advantages in the HW support area as well as in the administration area. For the SMB - or anyone with minimal IT expertise - Server is a "simpler" product than ESXi and will provide a "kinder, gentler" introduction to virtualization. And, also as mentioned by RParker, Server can be installed on an existing Windows or Linux system without having to worry about a totally new OS.

Ken Cline

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Ken Cline VMware vExpert 2009 VMware Communities User Moderator Blogging at: http://KensVirtualReality.wordpress.com/
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petedr
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I would agree with Ken,

Server is a totally different solution then 3i, the main difference as Ken said Server is an application running on top of Linux or Windows machines. For example I run Server on my XP laptop.

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