Given the level of applause that greeted the announcement of VMware’s new pricing model, I know this will open me up to criticism, but was the old VMware licensing model really all that bad? It certainly wasn’t perfect, and there’s an awful alot to like about the new model, but was the old license pricing model so bad that it could only be fixed by ripping it up and replacing it with something so very different?
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VMware has listened to its community – which hated the vTax when it was introduced, and never warmed up to the whole idea over time. VMware has killed the vTax, removing the price on density which it represented.
More importantly, VMware has also gotten rid of the per VM pricing for its management solutions – a pricing model which exacted another tax upon success – as the cost of these solutions grew as the number of VM’s grew.
The New VMware Pricing Model
VMware has now standardized upon per CPU socket pricing for its key new product, the vCloud Suite. So now the product that combines vSphere 5.1, vCloud 5.1, vCenter Operations, and vShield is avaiable on one simple packaging and licensing model. There are no more virtual memory entitlements, no more core entitlements, and no more need to purchase licenses for management products as VM density increases.
When we look for patterns from the past, sometimes we can really get a good idea of what the future might entail. If you take a look at the way VMware has rolled out licensing changes during each of the major releases you can see a pattern and get an idea of what the future may bestow upon us. When Virtual Center was first released, vMotion and vSMP were licensed separately from Virtual Center as an add-on for Virtual Center.
In response to numerous concerns voiced in the community and on this web site VMware has announced an update to the vRAM based licensing for vSphere 5. The key changes are:
- Increased vRAM entitlements for all vSphere editions, including the doubling of the entitlements for vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise Plus.
- Capped the amount of vRAM counted in any given VM, so that no VM, not even the “monster” 1TB vRAM VM, would cost more than one vSphere Enterprise Plus license.
- Adjusted the model to be much more flexible around transient workloads and short-term spikes that are typical in environments such as test and development.