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Lower cost rivals challenge VMware lead

Virtualisation vendors focus on price

Virtual Iron and XenSource are both introducing new virtualisation software today to undercut the dominant player in the field, VMware.

Virtual Iron will to start offering Version 3.1 of its enterprise-class virtualisation platform for a licence price of $499 (£250) per socket, which is less than 20 percent of the $2,875 (£1,450) per socket price for a comparable VMware licence, according to Virtual Iron.

Virtual Iron argues that VMware's pricing is a barrier to more widespread adoption of virtualisation in data centres, citing IDC research that only 6 percent of data centre operators deploy any type of virtualisation.

XenSource will also introduce new and upgraded virtualisation products today, also at sub-$1,000 prices (£500). Pricing for XenSource's XenEnterprise starts at for $488 (£245) for an annual subscription licence for a dual-socket server or $750 (£380) for a perpetual licence. XenServer for Windows, introduced today, sells for $99 (£50) per dual-socket server, per year. It has fewer features than XenEnterprise.


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