VMware ESX vs. ESXi

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VMware shops weigh ESX vs. ESXi

Some interesting quotes fromthe article:

“People that have never done anything with VMware are all going with ESXi,” said Singler. “Unless they need special hardware monitoring or have existing scripts, there’s no reason not to go with it.”

“Enterprise ESXi shops say the lightweight hypervisor offers many advantages over the full-blown version. In terms of security, ESXi’s smaller footprint and lack of Linux service console makes it harder for hackers to tamper with or for administrators to make mistakes on.”

“VMware’s made no secret of the fact that the ESX console is going to be end-of-lifed,” Wolf said. So while it’s still there in vSphere 4, “I’d be surprised if it was still there in version 5. Customers are going to have to plan on that in the next 24 to 36 months.” Part of that planning process is to select management tools that already support ESXi.”

Most interesting quote:

“We have made no secret of the fact that ESXi is the preferred and better architecture.
-Bogomil Balkansky,
Vice-President of Product Marketing, VMware Inc.