VMware Launches User Service Network

VMware debuted its new VMware Technology Network (VMTN). The service includes pre-built virtual machines from leading software vendors, a subscription to a VMware’s products for software development and testing, and a Web site that provides a raft of technical resources.

The subscription primarily consists of copies of VMware’s main virtualization products – Workstation, ESX and GSX servers – along with pre-built virtual machines from third-parties, plus a Web site where developers can go to get expert answers, documentation and to chat with other IT professionals regarding best practices.

Using the pre-built virtual machines with applications – say, Oracle -- running on VMware’s software enables IT professionals to test out application and operating system deployments in advance of putting them into production. “They’re able to provision [the test environment] in a few minutes, rather than hours, streamlining the development process,” says Srinivas Krishnamurti, group product manager at VMware.

VMTN subscriptions cost $299 per user per year; subscriptions go on sale on Monday, June 13. Initial pre-built virtual machines include Oracle, though VMware is talking with many other vendors, the company says.

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Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.