At VMworld 2009, VMware announced an agreement with Intel to sell VMware vSphere 4 with Intel board and system products starting in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The agreement will enable Intel to provide VMware vSphere 4 through its worldwide distributor network to resellers and system integrators that service small and midsized businesses (SMBs).
The enhanced relationship expands on the Intel Enabled Server Acceleration Alliance (ESAA) certification agreement previously signed by the companies and strengthens the companies’ longstanding strategic relationship.
“SMBs are looking for a means of administering ‘Always On IT’ through a robust, continuously available IT infrastructure with minimal overhead and high investment return,” says Carl Eschenbach, executive vice president of worldwide field operations at VMware.
“Combining VMware vSphere 4 with Intel server products through Intel’s channel will help reseller and system integrator partners deliver virtualisation solutions faster and at a lower cost, while extending the critical business benefits of virtualisation to an even larger number of customers.”
The VMware vSphere 4 packages for SMBs deliver differentiated functionality and considerably lower the entry point for customers new to virtualisation.