VMware offers ESXi hypervisor

VMware has announced the release of ESXi hypervisor, a standalone virtualization platform that the company is making available for free.

ESXi is embedded in a number of servers, including Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett Packard, IBM and NEC, VMware representatives said.

More than 800 virtual appliances have been created for the VMware hypervisor on the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace, and ESXi now incorporates a direct integration with the Virtual Appliance Marketplace to allow users to immediately download and run virtual appliances.

ESXI offers features such as 4 virtual CPUs, 256G hosts and memory de-duplication, which all work with Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris operating systems.

"With the explosive growth of multi-core capacity, improvements in virtualization-aware hardware, and performance improvements in our virtualization software, we believe that no technical hurdles remain for 100 percent virtualization," said Raghu Raghuram, VMware's vice president of products and solutions. "Now we are removing financial hurdles as well."

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