Continuing on with the posts about my gradually enlightening with SharePoint components and marketing, I thought I had an epiphany today about Internet users of Sharepoint. My SharePoint consultant tells me that the “external connector” module – noted by my reseller as product ID “SharePointIntrntSitesEnt 2010″, is “merely” a license. There is no software. I had known that the product was primarily to license Internet users, but I had always assumed there was an actual piece of software. Thus the ~$40K price tag is solely for the license. (Note there are additional costs as well, such as maybe an additional web server and consulting time to set it up. Also, you can only buy 2010 now, but there is downgrade rights.)
All that said, a quick Google leads me to the SharePoint Team Blog on MSDN with the post Update to SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites. This seems to reference actual software and even a trial version.