I appreciate your view and the lengthy analysis.
You got it right – vSMP Foundation never intended to compete with off-the-shelf servers, so if one can get 8 socket system for $10K – he should do so.
ScaleMP starts where the hardware ends! You should consider our products only where off-the-shelf hardware can’t deliver you what you need, and you are confined withing the boundaries of the HW.
vSMP Foundation Free designed for customers with existing equipment (purchased over the last few years) that are looking to extend HW capability without acquiring some new boxes. It is allowing to grow without any hardware investment (or any investment at all), and serve as a good testbed for larger deployments.
I hope this helps.