Holiday promos for IT pros include freebies and price cuts

No flat screen TVs or iPhones, but IT pros might want to check out holiday contests, plus software, hardware and hosting deals.

Hardware, software and managed hosting price cuts and contest giveaways are commonplace this time of year – but you must act before the New Year.

VMwareTips.com's creator Rick Scherer, a virtualization expert, kicked off a Dec. 15 giveaway for NAS server and virtualization management software. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010.

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A grand prize winner will receive an iomega StorCenter ix4-100 4TB NAS Server, a second place winner will receive a six-processor Veeam Management Suite bundle and the third place winner will receive a two-processor Veeam Backup and Replication license. For more info, check out Scherer's site.

Novell Inc. and two Canadian firms are running a "Free the Penguin" desktop virtualization giveaway program through Dec. 31.

Two Canadian companies, software manufacturer Userful Corp., of Calgary, and systems integrator Omni Technology Solutions Inc., of Edmonton, are offering any nonprofit school or university up to three Linux-based Userful Multiplier virtualization systems apiece for free. Each Multiplier virtualization system subdivides the hard drive of a single PC, so up to 10 people can use an individual workspace on the same computer by connecting multiple keyboards and monitors to the shared PC. Additional information is available on the Omni website.

Intel Corp. has deals for server and desktop processors, some of which expire Dec. 25 and others run through January. For example, you can purchase up to two Intel Ethernet 10 Gb adapters from an Intel Authorized Distributor before Dec. 31, 2010, and get a discount of up to 50%. All of the promos can be found on Intel's website.

Patton Electronics Co. , an Ethernet extender manufacturer of routers and other IP telephony equipment, is offering a two-for-one discount on its SmartNode T1/PRI and Multi-Port FXS VoIP routers now through Dec. 31.

Also, check out VMware's holiday store promotions, including a 30% discount when you buy two licenses of VMware Fusion 3, Workstation 7 or both. Microsoft's online store has discounts on certain items and free ground shipping; and Apple's online store offers free shipping on everything in its "Gift Guide."

Managed hosting deals are all over the Web. For instance, Versaweb, a Las Vegas dedicated server provider, has a holiday blowout sale that includes six months free on some dedicated server plans until Dec. 31 or while supplies last. For more info, visit Versaweb's website or email sales at versaweb.com and request the holiday promo credit.

San Antonio-based RackSpace Inc.'s The RackSpace Cloud is offering a $25 discount on Cloud Sites and a $10 discount on Cloud Servers via a promo code, and other hosting provider holiday deals from companies such as Dedicated Now can be found on the WebHosting Talk blog.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Bridget Botelho, News Writer

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