Wow! I guess they're planning on making their money off of Virtual Center and licensing for other features like Vmotion.https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/login.php?eval=esxi&t=1
SCHWEET! A new toy to play with!
Yep this doesn't give you much in the way of management tools. It's that functionality like vmotion, vstorage, HA, etc that you will be paying for. But for anyone like those of us making a lab just wanting to throw some vm's on a box with a true bare metal hypervisor this is great! And... it's a thumb in the eye to Microsoft.