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VMware ESXi Server is computer virtualization software developed by VMware Inc. The ESXi Server is an advanced, smaller-footprint version of the VMware ESX Server, VMware's enterprise-level computer virtualization software product. Implemented within the VMware Infrastructure, ESXi can be used to facilitate centralized management for enterprise desktops and data center applications.
VMware Inc. developed ESX and ESXi as bare metal embedded hypervisors, which means that they run directly on server hardware and do not require the installation of an additional underlying operating system. This virtualization software creates and runs its own kernel, which is run after a Linux kernel bootstraps the hardware. The resulting service is a microkernel, which has three interfaces:
Some of the distinct features of VMware ESXi Server are: