VMware today announced that its distribution of the OpenStack open-source cloud software is now available for the taking.

A blog post confirms the news, which came during a press event today in San Francisco.

“It’s not just that it’s the best of breed components, but it’s also a better way to deploy a OpenStack environment,” VMware chief executive Pat Gelsinger said at today’s event.

Here’s the economic nuance of the news. The distribution is “free of charge for anyone running vSphere Enterprise Plus (with an optional support offering),” according to a blog post from Mark Lohmeyer, the vice president of vSphere product management and marketing at VMware.

Production support costs $200 per processor, for a minimum of 50 processors, VMware said.

The announcement follows the release of several other OpenStack distributions from big enterprise software companies like Dell, HP, and Red Hat, among others.

VMware first said in August that it would embrace OpenStack, even as OpenStack equates to a free competitor of the longstanding proprietary VMware software for easily getting access to virtual slices of physical servers in corporate data centers.

The VMware Integrated OpenStack software, VMware’s commercially supported distribution, has been in beta for the past few months.

Early users of the OpenStack distribution include Adobe and Cox Automotive, VMware said today.

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