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When I used VMware Workstation around 2001, it was my first foray into it. I was one of the early customers of ESX and it was the funniest buying experience I've ever had. When you were buying software, especially back then, the vendor would ask, "How much of it can I sell you?" ESX wasn't a dedicated page yet at VMware; there was just a banner that said, "Click here if you want bare metal virtualization." When you clicked it, instead of asking "How much can I sell you," they asked, "Are you qualified to run this?" They would put you through a technical evaluation: "Are you going to put it on the right kind of server? Are you competent enough to run this?" They would only sell it to you once you passed those checks. It was amazing.

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When I used VMware Workstation around 2001, it was my first foray into it. I was one of the early customers of ESX and it was the funniest buying experience I've ever had. When you were buying software, especially back then, the vendor would ask, "How much of it can I sell you?" ESX wasn't a dedicated page yet at VMware; there was just a banner that said, "Click here if you want bare metal virtualization." When you clicked it, instead of asking "How much can I sell you," they asked, "Are you qualified to run this?" They would put you through a technical evaluation: "Are you going to put it on the right kind of server? Are you competent enough to run this?" They would only sell it to you once you passed those checks. It was amazing.
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