The packages, which VMware calls "acceleration kits," are based on VMware Infrastructure 3, its virtualization suite for servers and storage networks. VMware, a subsidiary of EMC Corp., said between 60% and 70% of its customers are small and midsize businesses.
The packages offer varying levels of features depending on price. At the core of all three is either VMware's ESX Server or ESX Server 3i, a product released last month whose hypervisor is embedded in flash memory in the server hardware. The hypervisor enables multiple operating systems to run on one machine.
VMware said it hopes the ESX Server 3i, which has a small, 32MB footprint and is easy to use, will keep it ahead of competitors such as XenSource Inc., which Citrix Systems Inc. bought in August for $500 million, and Microsoft Corp.'s Viridian project. VMware holds more than 80% of the market for virtualization products.