vSphere essentials licenses cannot be downgraded to ESX equivalents

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Jason Tramer pointed out on his blog today that though you can downgrade vSphere licenses to ESX 3-equivalent licenses, but vSphere essentials licenses cannot be downgraded, and you must use them with vSphere. Have you run into this issue? Will this knowledge affect any purchasing decisions in the future?

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I think anyone with foundations who wishes to grow their virtualistioan estate will probably be moving from foundation through to vSphere standard as a normal progression, if the foundation users out in the world got it at the point where it fitted at the time of purchase and the upgrade is a real upgrade to meet new demands, as in everything there will be those who need more foundation but essentials should be the next level from the features of foundation to aspire too in this case and a logical progression will still unsue.

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  • mshen
    I doubt this will be a big issue. If users have not upgraded to vSphere yet, they should be in the planning process to upgrade.
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  • Sonotsky
    For current Foundation clients, who are thinking of upgrading to vSphere, I would think that they're ready to move to the next functionality/pricing level. In that context, I agree, they should therefore be into the planning phase. However, as a blanket statement, Mshen, I have to disagree. Given some of the issues at release (and after) of VI3.5, my organization is waiting for the first maintenance release of the vSphere suite before we begin our upgrade planning. One of the more prominent virtualization bloggers - for the life of me, I can't remember who it was, I hope it wasn't you :) - recently posted a poll, asking for timelines to upgrade; a sizable portion of respondents indicated that they planned on waiting for a service pack/maintenance update. Not everyone likes being on the bleeding edge.
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  • JennyMack
    Thank you all for your feedback. Sonotsky, if you could find that blog post and link it here, I'd be interested to see it! Thanks, Jenny
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