IT APPEARS as if Dell will not be charging a premium for the inclusion of VMware’s ESX3i hypervisor with its PowerEdge servers.
Martin Niemer, senior product marketing manager at Vmware, said that Dell has said it won’t charge for inclusion of the 32MB integrated hypervisor on its server range.
When Vmware announced it had lined up HP, IBM, Fujitsu and Dell to integrate its basic hypervisor it said that it was up to the server makers to decide what, if any, premium they would charge for including ESX3i.
Pricing is a very sensitive area for VMware as it has been seen as expensive with some analysts saying it will be forced to slash prices once Microsoft‘s Hyper V arrives, whenever that is. VMware defends itself stoutly by saying that it offers a range of virtualisation options and charges for functionality accordingly.
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