Originally unveiled just prior to the start of VMworld 2009 back in August, VMware's Web-based ESXi 4.0 management tool, VMware Go, has finally been released. Users can now sign up for the service at the new VMware Go Web site.
There are a number of companies trying to challenge VMware's virtualization market dominance. To do that, big-name companies are offering free virtualization solutions such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and Red Hat KVM. VMware also has its own free hypervisor technology, ESXi. But many SMB companies are still on the fence about whether to virtualize and, if so, which vendor to implement. This segment of the market appears to be a significant portion of future virtualization revenue; however, current adoption rates just aren't there.
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For many organizations, a lack of virtualization skills or the lack of time and money to properly train IT staff can be a large barrier to overcome. With the introduction of VMware Go, VMware is trying to simplify the installation and configuration of its ESXi hypervisor and provide an easy on-ramp for SMB companies that might be new to the server virtualization market.
"With VMware Go, we are eliminating the skill barrier for getting started with virtualization, so companies who are concerned about not having the IT resources or expertise, especially SMBs, can now more quickly and easily enjoy the many benefits of virtualization," said Dan Chu, vice president of emerging products and markets at VMware.