Vmware Product Offering

They have the most confusing lineup:

Can someone help me make me order?

ESX is the main product. On that one you install and run machines. (A beefed up, server based, workstation 10.0)
Vsphere Center - is how you manage ACROSS ESX.
Vsphere client - FREE with ESX. .  .

Now what is the
Vsphere Cloud ::
Vsphere
Vsphere with Operations management...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Lets start with some basics.....

vSphere is a VMware Brand Name!

VMware refers to their FREE Type 1 Hypervisor as....

VMware vSphere Hypervisor

You can download for FREE here upon registration. (also can be evaluated as full product for 60 days)

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi5&lp=default

VMware Admins often refer to this as ESXi (once there was a product called ESX!)

Yes, VMware vSphere Hypervisor, is an enterprise class commercial Hypervisor. ("A beefed up, server based, workstation 10.0 - but it runs on Bare Metal, VMware Workstation installs as an application!)

The next product -

VMware vSphere vCenter Server available for Windows or a ready to go Virtual Appliance based on Linux. It allows you to manage all your ESXi/ESX host servers from one GUI.

It's not FREE, but can be evaluated free for 60 days.

http://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-server

The vSphere Client (is a download available for Windows, based on the programming language C#, it's likely to be retired in favour of a Web Client based on Flash).

As mentioned above, vSphere is the brand, it's not a product but many Admins refer to vSphere as the combined VMware vSphere Hypervisor + vCenter Server - this is a licensed paid for product.

VMware vCenter Operations Manager is a Capacity Management and Health Product.

often refereed to as vCOPS by VMware Admins.

http://www.vmware.com/uk/products/vcenter-operations-manager

It now comes free with VMware vSphere licensed - the Foundation version.

vSphere Cloud - the nearest product I could find, is vCloud Director or the vSphere vCloud Suite

http://www.vmware.com/products/vcloud-suite

This product is VMware vSphere HYpervisor (ESXi), vCenter Server, Operations Manager and vCloud Director, and allows you to build a Private/Public Cloud.
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