The VMware VMTN Subscription program ran from June 2005 through to February 2007 and offered software developers and IT professionals access to VMware products. Officially, the program ended on February 16, 2007. But let’s have a closer look why it ended in the first place. As described in the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) Subscription End-of-Life FAQ.
Question: Why is VMTN Subscription ending?
Answer: VMware VMTN Subscription has been a successful, award-winning offering, providing software developers and QA professionals with access to VMware’s powerful suite of virtualization products. However, since its introduction in June of 2005, VMware has announced two free products, VMware Server and VMware Player; enhanced its Technology Alliance Partner Program; introduced the Community Source program; and made many other technologies fully open, including the VMware VMDK disk format, our VMware Perl toolkit and the VMware SDK. As a result, VMware feels there is no longer a need for the VMware VMTN Subscription and will no longer sell or renew VMware VMTN Subscriptions as of February 16, 2007.
On November 4, 2011 Mike Laverick posted a thread on the VMTN Forum trying to bring back the VMTN Subscription. And now, almost 8 years later, VMTN is back! Well, kind off. The VMTN Subscription has been re-branded to EVAL Experience and it is offered as an exclusive for the VMUG Advantage subscribers. Once you purchase the VMUG Advantage package you will get access to a self-service portal where you can download the license keys and the following software:
- VMware vCenter Server 5 Standalone for vSphere 5
- VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus
- VMware vCloud Suite Standard
- VMware vRealize Operations Insight
- VMware vRealize Operations 6 Enterprise
- VMware vRealize Log Insight
- VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon
- VMware Horizon Advanced Edition
- VMware Virtual SAN
The license will be available for 356 days and a new 365 day entitlement will be offered with the renewal of your yearly VMUG Advantage Subscription. So, it is not the VMTN Subscription as we know it but it is close and better than nothing right? 🙂
The entire press release can be found at the VMUG website.