VMware has changed their NSX licensing model from a one-fits-all license model to 3 license tiers. Starting May 3, 2016 VMware NSX is available as three offerings: Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise. All three tiers are licensed based on physical sockets. The existing NSX license scheme is no longer availale.
Special license models are available for Service Providers and Virtual Desktop environments. For EUC platforms, the advanced edition is also available one a per-user basis and Service Providers can license NSX on a per-VM basis. At least NSX 6.2.2 is required to work with NSX Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise license keys.
According to VMware, these offerings are aligned to the following requirements:
- Standard is targeted at organizations that needs agility and automation of the networks.
- Advanced is for organizations requiring a more secure data center with micro-segmentation.
- Enterprise is for organizations that needs networking and security across multiple domains.
Coming from the one-fits-all license model where everyone gets everything, the question is - which features are missing in Standard and Advanced? Read more »
VMware has announced a change in packaging and pricing for vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management. The End of Availability of vSphere Enterprise is June 30, 2016. After this date, these products are not available for purchase. Also discontinued are vSphere with Operations Management Standard and vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise bundles.
Packaging & Pricing Changes Summary
- As of June 30, 2016 vSphere Enterprise, vSphere with Operations Management Standard/Enterprise are no longer available.
- As of April 1, 2016 the price for vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus is increased from $4,245 per CPU to $4,395 per CPU.
- As of April 1, 2016 the price for VMware vCenter Server Standard is increased from $4,995 per instance to $5,995 per instance.
- VMware offers a 50% discount for customers that are affected by the change and want to upgrade to Enterprise Plus versions.
- Customers that already own Enterprise versions are not affected. Their current editions will continue to be supported through the EOA of vSphere 6 which is March 12, 2020.
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VMware vSphere 6 has been released to the market 4 weeks ago. There are many new features and enhancements, but as you know there are different pricing and licensing models. It is available as a la carte licensing priced on a per CPU basis or in packs of 25 VMs and for small deployments as Kits. This post takes a look on the availability of new vSphere features in different vSphere editions.
- VMware vSphere Standard (A la carte licensing on a per CPU basis)
- VMware vSphere Enterprise (A la carte licensing on a per CPU basis)
- VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus (A la carte licensing on a per CPU basis)
- VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard (Priced in packs of 25 VMs)
- VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Advanced (Priced in packs of 25 VMs)
- VMware vSphere Essentials Kit (All-in-one solutions for up to three physical servers)
- VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Kit (All-in-one solutions for up to three physical servers)
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At VMworld 2014, VMware has announced vSphere Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO). This new package, available as Standard and Advanced edition, offers a per virtual machine licensing model. These 25 VM packs can be distributed across multiple remote sites.
vSphere ROBO is expected to be available in Q3 2014.
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Software licensing is one of the most confusing part within the IT industry. Since virtualization has become wildly popular things are getting worse. Some application software vendors require cpu socket based licensing, which is fair for physical hardware but inappropriate for software running inside virtual machines. With the latest changes VMware has really fair and understandable licensing models. Today i am going to compare the the two license models perpetual and VSPP (VMware Service Provider Program). To make the models comparable i will consider vSphere Enterprise Plus Licenses only, without any additional products, except VMware vCloud Director.
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