News Releases3 min read

VMware Delivers Free VMware Server

VMware Delivers Free VMware Server

Enterprise-Class Support and VMware VirtualCenter Management Now Available

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 12, 2006 - VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced the general availability of VMware Server after a five month beta program with more than 700,000 downloads. Customers deploying the free hosted virtualization product for Linux and Windows servers can now purchase enterprise-class support from VMware. In addition, they can now use VMware VirtualCenter to centrally provision, monitor and manage VMware Server deployments.

"VMware Server is a rock-solid product and the best way to begin experiencing the benefits of virtualization," said Joseph Foran, director of IT for FSW, a nonprofit human services agency based in Connecticut. "Its release shows VMware's continuing commitment to developing and distributing the best virtualization technology on the market."

Users can easily progress from VMware Server to VMware Infrastructure 3, the third generation of the industry-leading infrastructure virtualization software suite that allows entire industry-standard infrastructure farms to be managed as a shared utility and dynamically allocated to different business units or projects. The suite is designed to deliver comprehensive virtualization, management, resource optimization, application availability and operational automation capabilities in an integrated offering. Today VMware Infrastructure is used by more than 20,000 companies worldwide of which more than 90 percent are running it in production server environments and 25 percent are choosing to standardize their industry-standard systems on it.

"VMware Server offers unparalleled operating system support, ease of use, manageability with VMware VirtualCenter and support from the industry's most experienced support organization for virtualization," said Brian Byun, vice president of products and alliances at VMware. "VMware delivers the industry's broadest range of server-based virtualization products. Customers can choose one compatible set of products to have every environment and virtualization use case covered, starting from free single-server virtualization with VMware Server, all the way to full enterprise-wide infrastructure farms managed, automated and optimized as a shared utility with VMware Infrastructure."

VMware Server is feature-packed with the following capabilities:

  • Runs on standard x86 hardware
  • Support for 64-bit guest operating systems, including Linux, Windows, NetWare and Solaris
  • Support for VMware VirtualCenter to efficiently provision, monitor and manage infrastructure from a central management console
  • Experimental support for 2-Way Virtual SMP, enabling a single virtual machine to span multiple physical processors
  • Runs on a wider variety of Linux and Windows host and guest operating systems than any server virtualization product on the market
  • Ability to capture entire state of a virtual machine and roll back at any time with the click of a single button
  • Installs like an application with quick and easy, wizard-driven installation
  • Quick and easy, wizard-driven virtual machine creation
  • Support for VMware or Microsoft virtual machine format and Symantec LiveState Recovery images with VM Importer
  • Experimental support for Intel Virtualization Technology
  • Investment protection with an easy upgrade path to VMware Infrastructure

Foran continued: "FSW is excited about VMware Server because of its stability, support for new and legacy virtual machines and the ongoing support of Linux and Windows hosts. The remote console feature also provides us with flexibility for managing virtual machines across multiple physical systems, and support for 2-Way Virtual SMP allows us to create virtual machines that can take advantage of the processing power in our multi-processor systems. Having support for 64-bit guests makes the platform scalable to our newer hardware as well."

"We are excited about the general availability of VMware Server," said Dave Parsons, CTO of ALG Software, a global provider of corporate performance management solutions headquartered in the UK. "The ease of installation and use coupled with advanced features such as 64-bit guest operating system support and 2-Way Virtual SMP make VMware Server an ideal product to experience the benefits of server virtualization. With the option to purchase enterprise-class support and centralized manageability with VMware VirtualCenter, and the ability to easily migrate to VMware Infrastructure while protecting your investment, you just cannot go wrong with VMware Server."

Pricing and Availability

VMware Server is available at no charge for immediate download at Enterprise-class support list price is $350 for a one-year subscription per two processors for Gold level and $450 for Platinum level. VMware VirtualCenter list price starts at $5,000. Support and VMware VirtualCenter for VMware Server are available for purchase through VMware resellers.

VMware Server may be redistributed by third parties. Please email for more information.

About VMware, Inc.

VMware, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC), is the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. The world's largest companies use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit or call 650-475-5000.

# # #

VMware and Virtual SMP are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.