VMware to adjust licensing soon!

VMware is going to announce soon some changes in the licensing policy for VMware vSphere 5. At August 4, 11 and 16 VMware will held webinars for partners explaining the revised policy with three important changes. Feedback from partners and customers was used to change the policy.

End of July Gabrie van Zanten already reported on his blog a possible change in the vSphere 5 licensing policy. In the posting titled VMware changes vRAM licensing on vSphere 5 after customer feedback on vTAX he writes about a rumor he picked up about a new policy:

The possible new policy:

  • VMware vSphere 5 Essentials will give a 24GB vRAM entitlement
  • VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Plus will give a 32GB vRAM entitlement
  • Max vRAM in Essentials / Essentials Plus will be maxed at 192GB vRAM
  • VMware vSphere 5 Standard vRAM entitlement has changed to 32GB ( <- my assumption)
  • VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise vRAM entitlement will be doubled to 64GB
  • VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus vRAM entitlement will be doubled to 96GB

The amount of vRAM that counts against your vRAM license pool will be capped to 96GB per VM !!! In other words, even if you assign 256GB or the new 1TB limit of RAM to a VM, it will only count as 96GB for your license.

At Twitter Elias Khnaser, CTO at Artemis Technology and VMware vExpert (@ekhnasernext) sent a Tweet with the text ‘next week its official i have confirmed that via my sources :)’

TechTarget reports that VMware as a response to Gabrie’s posting has nothing new to tell about the licensing. Taken from the posting:

A VMware spokesperson declined to confirm a blog report of imminent changes to the vSphere 5 licensing model Friday afternoon, but users should stay tuned. We’ve been told VMware is planning a major announcement next week, which could offer further clarification.


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.

One Response to VMware to adjust licensing soon!

  1. hussain says:

    Hi, the new licencing maganizum will open the door for other compatriots to be considered. I think they should remove this feature from vSphere 5. Otherwise, one year from this post citrix or Microsoft will be the higher demanding.

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