If you haven’t heard by now VMware announced a new license model for VMware vSphere 5.x. Say it with me “NO vRAM“! That’s right the vRAM licensing model is gone. But it doesn’t just stop their, VMware has odiously heard the cries of it’s customers and has gone even further. In addition to there being no vRAM requirements, there are also no processor core limits as well which were seen in the vSphere 4.x licensing model. And to top it off, if your licensed with vSphere Enterprise Plus 5.x you can upgrade for free to VMware’s new vCloud Suite Standard Edition. Key word is free which technically only means at no additional cost.
I did a post going over the vCloud Suite announcement here but below is a screenshot of what is included with the standard edition of the vCloud Suite.
So, if you currently have vSphere 5.x Enterprise Plus customer not only will you be entitled to having NO limits for vRAM and processor core but you’ll also get vCloud Director and Standard vCloud Networking and Security solutions. This will get you started with that private cloud project without the additional software costs. The vSphere product now has more value for all customers including those who were upset about the previous vRAM licensing model. I have not even mention all of the new features in vSphere 5.1 either.
So, what does VMware’s new license model mean for you? Well, it should mean your going to be a much happier customer.