SLES For Free + vSphere 4.1 Information Leak

From the page entitled “SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware:

When you make a qualifying purchase of VMware vSphere, the industry’s leading virtualization platform, you will be entitled to receive SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware and a subscription to patches and updates at no additional cost (see terms and conditions below). By running SLES for VMware, you’ll also have the option to purchase technical support services for directly through VMware.

The list of eligible VMware SKUs is pretty long, you might want to check it out and see if you qualify, especially if you have been doing some upgrading lately to support 12-core CPUs. I am a Red Hat Enterprise Linux person, but I know a lot of people are really happy with SUSE, too, and it’s a great way to get licensed for it.

The “Terms and Conditions” section of that page is pretty interesting, though, too[0]:

VMware vSphere 4.1 will be generally available in 3Q2010. It will contain additional features and be provided at no additional charge to customers with active vSphere SnS contracts.

Additional features! 🙂 Hehehe.


[0] Here’s to hoping I don’t get accused of violating any NDAs with this repost of public information. 🙂