Update on VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP)

The VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) was created for partners who offer cloud computing and/or hosted IT services. Through a flexible pay-as-you-go license rental model, VSPP allows partners flexibility in service delivery with no up-front expenses. With over 5,200 partners in 45 countries today, VSPP has seen rapid expansion. That, plus feedback on how we can be a better business partner to our service providers, has led us to make some additions and changes to VSPP.

What is changing?

  1. Two new vCloud Service Provider IaaS bundles are now available, based on vSphere 5.0. The previous vSphere 4 cloud IaaS bundles continue to be available to allow service providers to decide when to transition to vSphere 5.
  2. The full vShield Edge product is now included in the Premiere vCloud Service Provider IaaS Bundle. This adds IPSec VPN and load balancing features at no extra cost.
  3. We are changing the licensing metric for the cloud IaaS bundles from allocated virtual RAM to reserved RAM, to allow service providers to exploit the powerful memory oversubscription capabilities of vSphere (see below for details). Associated with this change, there is a 24GB reserved RAM price ceiling per VM and a minimum “floor” for reserved RAM to avoid excessive memory oversubscription (see details below).

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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