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Virtual Iron

Server virtualization vendor Virtual Iron is using the latest version of its software to take a swing at market leader VMware.

While Virtual Iron has lagged in features, compared with VMware, the startup is playing catchup with this release and clearly hopes to make up for lost distance with pricing.

"When you talk to customers and analysts, the number one obstacle to broad-based virtualization is cost," says John Thibault, Virtual Iron's CEO, explaining his decision to introduce a new pricing model for his firm's product.

Virtual Iron Version 3.1 is priced at $1,000 for two server nodes with volume management and resource scheduling, compared to $3,000 for the previous version of the software. (See Virtual Iron Revises Platform.) Pricing for a comparable configuration of VMware's Infrastructure package, including the ESX Server hypervisor, volume management, and resource scheduling, starts at $5,750 for a two-way server.

Today's announcement also brings Virtual Iron's pricing closer to that of XenSource's XenEnterprise product, which starts at $750 for a two-way server license. (See XenSource, Xen & the Art of Virtualization, and Building Virtual Empires.)

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