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VMware’s New Licensing Plan: Good to Go or FUBAR?

Since VMware announced their new licensing plans and have thrown some numbers on up their website, the community has gone off the deep end with hatred towards VMware. For those not in the loop, VMware is moving towards licensing based upon CPUs and an allotment of vRAM. Here’s the breakdown:

  • vSphere Standard License: 1CPU and 24GB of vRAM
  • vSphere Enterpise License: 1CPU and 32GB of vRAM
  • vSphere Enterprise Plus License: 1CPU and 48GB of vRAM
So as an example, our current BL460 G7 Blades with 2 Six Core CPUs and 192GB of RAM will now need 4 Enterprise Plus licenses instead of 2 with vSphere 4. Needless to say it’s creating quite a stir and not in a good way. The news sounded pretty good until the numbers came out and that sucked the wind out of my sails. And I’m not the only one. HERE is a link to a VMware Communities Forum post where the users express their concerns in a nice and not so nice way. There are plenty of guys threatening to jump ship and even boycott VMworld.

Let me know how you feel about this (though I’m sure I have a good idea.) Needless to say the prominent bloggers with ties to VMware are keeping mum, not that I blame them. This is a nasty time for VMware right now so hopefully they’ll come through for their existing customers or risk loosing a lot of them over randomly increasing cost, in our case, double per blade.

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