VMWare ESXi - not free?
Posted on 2009-02-14
A while back I posted asking advice on VM solutions from various vendors. The VMWare ESXi solution was proposed and one of the reasons that we started playing with it is because the base product was supposed to be free.
We loaded our server and are using the version of the VMware Infratructure Client that came with it (the one you download from its little built-in website). Thing is, at the top of the client's screen, there has been a ticker stating, "localhost.domain.local VMware ESX Server 3i 3.5.0, 123629 | Evaluation (XX day(s) remaining)" The XX part has been counting down from 60. Question is: Is it the Client that requires licensing, the Server or both? If so, how much do they cost? VMWare's website might as well be written in Greek - I can't make heads or tails of it! From what I read, this whole thing should be free and it is the add-ons (like backup and vCentral server) that they charge obsene amounts of money for...