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VMware brings virtualisation to the masses

VMware has released a free tool which allows easy installation and configuration of its ESXi hypervisor

VMware has simplified installation of its ESXi hypervisor product with the introduction of the Go tool.
VMware has simplified installation of its ESXi hypervisor product with the introduction of the Go tool.

Virtualisation pioneer VMWare has taken its long-in-gestation Go web-based tool out of beta and is now offering it for download to SMBs. The firm claims the free tool will allow companies that are hesitant about the complexity of such systems an easy means of installing its ESXi hypervisor.

"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 virtualisation," Dan Chu, VP of emerging products and markets for VMware, said in a statement.

VMWare claims that over 1,000 beta testers have used the Go tool to create in excess of 3,000 virtual machines, which can allow small and medium businesses to better leverage resources by running more applications on existing hardware. The tool reduces virtualisation to a wizard-driven three step process, using a web-browser interface while also incorporating an option to check hardware for compatibility. The system can then create, configure and manage virtual machines from a central interface.

VWware's ESXi hypervisor is considered a ‘bare-metal' version that runs directly on host hardware. Competitors in this space include Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V, the latter of which is available free of charge to download like EMC's product.

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