VMware Set for SMB Play

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 02-05-2007

VMware, which has been a leader in virtualization software in the enterprise, is making a bolder move into the small and midsize business space.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company on Feb. 5 is rolling out a bundle of software, along with support, with a price that the VMware officials hope will attract SMBs that face some of the same problems as their larger enterprise cousins do in the data center.

This SMB software bundle includes VirtualCenter, the company's server management software, for VMware Server—the software that allows users to partition a single server into multiple virtual servers. For $1,500, VMware customers can purchase the bundle, three agents and company support, said Ben Matheson, the director of product management and marketing.

"In the next couple of years, we believe there will be a tremendous amount of growth in virtualization use with this group," Matheson said, referring to SMBs.

"What this is trying to do is create a ramp for virtualization for SMBs," Matheson added. "We have been talking to these businesses about their product needs and what their requirements are and then we want to introduce them to a cost effective way of virtualization along with an easy to use management experience."

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