What does VMware's new license model mean for you?

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.

vcloud suite standard edition

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.


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    if one buys the vCloud Suite “new” one still must buy vCenter Standard and however many licenses Ent Plus etc. etc. for however many physical hosts and processors etc. Still tremendously over-priced compared to everyone else, regardless of its being mostly better than everyone else’s product.

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    Antone Heyward

    That is not completely true Tom. Each vCloud Suite license includes a single processor vSphere Enterprise Plus licensing, vCloud Director, etc as well. That’s why it’s called suite. True, vCenter licenses are not included. The truth is that “Value or ROI” is not measured on the surface (frontend) price of a product or solution. It’s much better to do the comparison based on many factors over many years. If you’ve currently done that and you’ve come to the conclusion it’s too expensive for your giving scenario then you make your choose. But it’s not all black and white. And what’s “tremendously over-priced” to you, may not be to others.

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    It’s important to note that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Yes, the vCloud Standard suite includes Enterprise Plus and pieces of vCloud Director, but it’s not at the same price. The list price of Enterprise Plus is about $3,500. The vCloud suites start at $5,000.

    Also, the upgrade from Enterprise Plus to vCloud Suite Standard is NOT free – you will pay an uplift in maintenance costs and the upgrade offer is apparently time-limited.

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    Antone Heyward

    Good point Ed. As I mentioned, there is no “additional cost”. I should have said “upfront” additional cost if you have already paid for maintenance and so on to be more clear. I do mention the time limit in my other post which is linked in this post so your right there as well.

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