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VMware ESX Server 3.5

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Price = $995 per pair of processors for Foundation edition; $2,995 per pair of processors for Standard edition; $5,750 per pair of processors for Enterprise Edition

ESX Server 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5 build on the strong VI3 base to improve scalability and add key new management features. These evolutionary upgrades fill important gaps and ostensibly set the stage for the next big release, which may mark the advent of virtualisation as the rule in data centres, not the newcomer. VMware has plenty of work to do to get there, but the company's track record of solid, stable, production-ready releases continues intact with VI3.5.


Greater scalability, more RAM for hosts, tools for capacity planning, VM patching, VM storage migration


Obtuse error reporting and logging, over-complex database migration and networking, VM renaming problems


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