On February 10th, 2016 VMware announced changes to simplify the licensing for VMware vSphere and VMware vSphere with Operations Management.
You can read about this in the VMware vSphere Blog “VMware Simplifies its Lineup of Core Virtualization Offering“.
In this blog post I want to give you a short overview about the changes:
No longer available as of June 30, 2016 are the following licenses:
- VMware vSphere Enterprise
- VMware vSphere Standard with Operations Management
- VMware vSphere Enterprise with Operations Management
The new lineup consists of:
- VMware vSphere Standard
- VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus
- VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus with Operations Management
A nice feature for new and existing vCenter Server Standard customers:
For every vCenter Server Standard license, VMware will provide 25 Operating System Instances (OSI) of vRealize Log Insight.
Now one might ask:
“What happens to customers already licensed for vSphere Enterprise“?
Unfortunately they will not be upgraded for free to Enterprise Plus (this would be great…).
But there will be a special promotion to upgrade to Enterprise Plus with 50% off. Or you can of course stay on the Enterprise edition until official End of Support.
My opinion about the new lineup:
It is a good idea to simplify licensing.
But the way in which it was implemented is a disadvantage for SMB customers. Standard edition is not sufficient for many customers as of missing features like “Distributed Resource Scheduler” (DRS)
and “APIs for Array Integration, Multipathing”. (edit: API for Array Integration and Multipathing is part of the Standard Edition)
In the future they have to license a product with features they do not need and that is noticeable more expensive, on the other side the smaller license is not sufficient.
The forced upgrade from Enterprise to Enterprise Plus may be a reason for smaller companies to take a closer look at other products, eg. Microsoft Hyper-V.
In my opinion, VMware forgets more and more the SMB customers… What do you think?