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Aug 8 2011   8:31PM GMT

VMware vSphere 5 Licensing and Pricing Update

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Oops… that is VMware kind of said after it released it’s new licensing and pricing strategy. Instead of per socket, it is now per socket but also with a RAM entitlement. Oy…

These changes generated much debate in the blogosphere, in conversations with our partners and customers, and across VMware communities. Some of the discussion had to do with confusion around the changes. We have been watching the blog commentaries carefully, and we have been listening to the partner and customer conversations very intently. A great deal of feedback was provided that examined the impact of the new licensing model on every possible use case and scenario, and equally importantly, reflected our partners’ and customers’ intense passion for VMware.

We’ve increased vRAM entitlements for all vSphere editions, including the doubling of the entitlements for vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. This change addresses concerns about future-looking business cases that were based on future hardware capabilities and the previous vSphere licensing model.  Below is a comparison of the previously announced and the new vSphere 5 vRAM entitlements per vSphere edition:

Here are the new entitlements.

vSphere edition

Previous vRAM entitlement

New vRAM entitlement

vSphere Enterprise+

48 GB

96 GB

vSphere Enterprise

32 GB

64 GB

vSphere Standard

24 GB

32 GB

vSphere Essentials+

24 GB

32 GB

vSphere Essentials

24 GB

32 GB

Lastly VMware introduced vSphere Desktop Edition Licensing, this will make it easier to adopt VMware VDI. This entitlement does not have a vRAM entitlement but a per user license cost.


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