Free datacenter products for vSphere

Posted by Attila Szamos on November 01, 2012
Good-to-know, Virtualization

Recently more and more vendors decided to make their products available free of charge. I think it is worth collecting my favourite ones into one post.

  • Cisco Nexus 1000V – In October Cisco announced the new pricing and packaging form of Cisco Nexus 1000V. Before October there was only one license, but Cisco decided to create a new one for free of charge. In the free license all basic features are available, if you want the enhanced capabilities of Nexus 1000V you have to buy the Advanced Edition. Please note that a company that wants to leverage the free version of Nexus 1000V in production environment still can buy support for a very low price. You can find a detailed post about the features here.
  • VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite – There is one new version of vCenter Ops Management Suite called Foundation. If you have vSphere licenses then it is included in their price. Although this is the low-end version of vCOps it is clever. You can find a comparision chart here.
  • Veeam Backup Free Edition – This is not a new announcement, but this is one of the best ones. Veeam Backup and Replication is a great product so its free version must be too. The main differences are that you cannot schedule backups with the Free Edition and you cannot create incremental backups. If you can live with it, it can help a lot. Last but not least FastSCP is integrated into the Free Edition now. For a complete list of differences read this document.
  • Veeam ONE Free Edition – Datacenter administrators can be happy because they can have vCOps’ biggest competitor for free as well. Veeam ONE was made free before vCOps, but this is still good. Obviously it has a paid edition as well, you can find a comparision here.

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