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VMware To Ship Three Virtual Infrastructure 3 Suites

VMware on Monday unveiled a $1,000 server for small and midsize businesses, integrated suites and a per-user pricing model as part of its third-generation virtualization platform.

In addition, VMware said its much-anticipated ESX Server 3.0 and VirtualCenter 2.0 upgrades will become generally available this month. As part of the launch, the Palo Alto, Calif., company also announced new packaging and pricing models that address different market segments.

Customers will no longer have the option of buying those flagship products separately. ESX virtualization server and VirtualCenter virtualization management products are now melded in one product called Virtual Infrastructure 3, VMware said.

Virtual Infrastructure 3 is the core platform in three separate suites for SMBs and branch offices, as well as departments within corporations and data centers.

VMware Infrastructure Starter, a new offering for SMBs, retailers and companies with remote or branch offices, includes Virtual Infrastructure 3 and is priced at $1,000.

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