What is VMware ESX?

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What does ESX stand for?

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VMware ESX is VMware’s enterprise server virtualization
platform. The platform is available in two versions — ESX Server and
ESXi Server. VMware ESX and ESXi can be deployed as part of the VMware
infrastructure (vSphere or VMware View) to enable centralized
management for data center applications and enterprise desktops. One main feature of the enterprise server virtualization platform
is that it allows users to contain server sprawl by running software
applications in virtual machines on fewer physical servers.

ESX stands for Elastic Sky  X

Apparently, the “i” in ESXi stands for Integrated, probably coming from
the fact that this version of ESX can be embedded in a small bit of
flash memory on the server hardware.  In this manner, we can treat
server hardware almost like a hot-swap commodity; just another node.

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  • Jerry Lees
    I looked into this and could not find anything definative, especially this blog. The best answere were that they were just marketing terms (ESX and GSX) and the other possible one was related to the possible intended audience. Enterprise Server X and Group Server X, no one however said what the X stands for. I imagine it didn't stand for much of any thing, like NT and XP, because they renamed it at version 3.0 to VMWare Infrastructure.
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  • Blithespirit
    ESX is still the name for the barebone system, Virtual Infrastructure refers to a suite of products used together, ie: virtual Center and ESX forming a virtual infrastructure, got my backside kicked at a VMware seminar when I called ESX Virttual infrastructure. save someone else getting the same treatment!
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