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Wednesday
Oct262005

Berlind thinks you should try VMWare's free virtual machine runtime

I posted a few days ago about the cleverness of VMware's initiative of giving out the "player" at no cost to individual users. 

David Berlind's comment in ZDNet yesterday does a nice job of describing the value to the individual user, and hints at what the upsold value might be to enterprises.  His is precisely the response that VMware wants to have, representative of why this approach may be extremely helpful in their efforts to address the competition of Xen and other virtualization offerings like Parallels and Propero.

Link: Why you should try VMWare's free virtual machine runtime | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com.

Virtual machine (VM) technology has been around for PCs for a long time.  For me, it's been one of those technologies that I've heard about, wrote about, and even seen in demonstrations for almost as long as I can remember.  But it wasn't until I recently started acquainting myself with VMWare's Workstation 5 (in the course of trying to simplify my testing of Windows Vista) that I've become so sold on VM technology that I can't imagine being without it.  Now that VMWare has announced that it's virtual machine "player" can be freely distributed to any system, I'm even more convinced that this is a technology that no system should be without.  Here's why. ...

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