Have you seen our new promotion for the Essentials package of vSphere 4.0? I usually don't get into direct sales type topics on this blog but this one is quite compelling and we have seen a lot of interest in this offer. If you are just getting started with virtualization this is a no brainer as you get the power to virtualize 3 servers under one management environment for 50% off. Depending on your consolidation ratio (as determined by your workload requirements), it is possible to get anywhere from 20 to 30 virtual machines running in the environment. The package also contains our data protection APIs (for third party integration) and our patch management technology known as Update Manager.
Love to hear what you think about this!