Today marks the start of the first ever Arm DevSummit conference. It’s also the first time VMware attends the DevSummit as a Gold Sponsor, but that alone isn’t the only reason for celebration. Today VMware launches the ESXi-Arm Fling – a publicly available “test drive” of the ESXi-Arm technology.

Check out the official announcement on the VMware vSphere blog by Kit Colbert, VP & CTO in Cloud Platform BU at VMware. Also check out William Lam’s in-depth look at the Fling.

We’re putting this out there, to more about how people want to use ESXi on Arm across a wide range of use-cases, from datacenter to IoT.

Here’s a brief summary:

  • Launched at the Arm DevSummit 2020.
  • AS-IS technology preview, not a beta or a product.
  • Made possible by ServerReady and SystemReady ES.
  • Matches vSphere 7.0 GA.
  • Ability to use for 180 days and renew as needed for select participants.
  • Supports several commonly-available hardware platforms in server, edge and IoT footprints.
    • Ampere Computing eMAG 8180-based systems (Avantek, Lenovo, …)
    • NXP LayerScape LX2160A-powered SolidRun HoneyComb
    • NXP LayerScape LS1046A-powered NXP FRWY
    • Raspberry Pi 4B (4GiB and 8GiB variants)

Now go get this bits 😄.

Here are few ways to engage with us:

  • Follow us on Twitter: @esxi_arm
  • Follow us on the ESXi-Arm Blog (that’s this blog!): https://blogs.vmware.com/arm
  • Chat with us on Slack: #esxi-arm-fling on VMware {code}

For other inquiries or engaging with ESXi on Arm Product Team, please send an email to esxionarm@vmware.com.