free and popular VMs

which is the most popular VM brands (vmware etc)

which ones offer free version downloads?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware, Microsoft, Oracle

VMware Player 3.0 Free Download

VMware Server 2.0.2 Free Download

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Type 1 Bare Metal Hypervisors
 (install on Bare Metal NO OS)

VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Citrix XenServer
25112Author Commented:
all above free versions for personal use only..

if you want to try in workplace, any that allow free license?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
All free for personal or business use.
25112Author Commented:
in terms of popularity, which is the order : VMware, Microsoft, Oracle
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware were the first to release a Hypervisor (virutalisation software) for the Intel i386 Platform, in 1988.

VMware (NYSE:VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, delivers customer-proven solutions that accelerate IT by reducing complexity and enabling more flexible, agile service delivery. VMware enables enterprises to adopt a cloud model that addresses their unique business challenges. VMware’s approach accelerates the transition to cloud computing while preserving existing investments and improving security and control. With more than 250,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware solutions help organizations of all sizes lower costs, increase business agility and ensure freedom of choice.

Customers: More than 250,000
99% of the Fortune 1000
97% of the Fortune Global 500

Microsoft acquired a company called Connectix in 2003, and rebranded their product Virtual PC.

Oracle has entered the Virtualisation market recently with Oracle VM is based on XEN, Citrix also have product based on Xen is open source and was relased in 2003.

Also by looking at the number of questions on EE realted to Virualisation, I think you'll find VMware, is probably No.1, with Desktop, Enterprise and Cloud Proucts.
25112Author Commented:
thanks for the nice history..

is vmware 4 available for download.. i saw you posted in the first thread on VMware Player 3.0  and VMware Player 2.0 .. and 4 was not mentioned.. how does that work?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Server 2.0.2
VMware Player 3.1.4

I only mention stable products, people are having some issues with 4.0!

VMware Player 4.0 was released this week on the 4th Oct 2011!

It supports Windows 8, but other than that, much the same as 3.1.4.

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25112Author Commented:
when you say vmware has 250k customers, are they companies... or including every personal user who downloads it..?

i assume they have paid licenses too? what will it have more than the free licenses?

is MS and Oracle also free? with only 1-2% market share , do they offer anything vmware does not offer?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
250k Registered Paid Up Customers with Licenses.

How is the free VMware vSphere Hypervisor different from paid editions of VMware vSphere? How can I upgrade?

    VMware vSphere Hypervisor is available at no cost in order to help companies of all sizes experience the basic benefits of virtualization. Granting free access to vSphere’s basic hypervisor functionality enables IT professionals to become familiar with the technology and prove its value in their own companies. Unlike paid VMware vSphere Editions, the vSphere Hypervisor cannot be managed with vCenter or other management solutions. Management of vSphere Hypervisor hosts can only be done using the vSphere Client and connecting directly to the host.

    VMware vSphere Hypervisor can be seamlessly upgraded to more advanced editions of vSphere. Simply upgrade the free license to the desired upgraded vSphere license to take advantage of advanced vSphere functionally including centralized management, live migration of virtual machines, automatic load balancing, business continuity, power management, and backup and restore capabilities for virtual machines. VMware vSphere is available in multiple editions, including two kits specifically designed for small businesses. A reason for moving to a paid kit or edition is that you can take advantage of the vSphere management server, called VMware vCenter Server, to enable centralized management.

Hyper-V and Oracle VM are free.

Comparing VMware vSphere Hypervisor and Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V

VMware is the WORLD LEADER, no they do not offer anything that VMware offers, but they are catching up slowly.
25112Author Commented:
gr8 info
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