So you are a loyal VMware customer. You have licenses for vSphere 4 and you are about 40% virtualized. Based upon the revised vRAM entitlements in the revised vSphere 5 licensing, you think you are going to be OK as you progress through the more demanding business critical purchased and custom developed applications that lie in front of you. Continue reading vSphere 5 Licensing – The Role of Cross Platform Management Tools and the Hotlink SuperVISOR
The news is out, VMware has changed its vRAM licensing model for vSphere 5. VMware has clearly decided to continue its premium pricing strategy for what is hands down the best virtualization platform on the market. VMware probably views this pricing as necessary to continue to fund the massive investment in R&D that is required to maintain this leadership position, and to protect itself from the ever increasing levels of workload density that are being enabled by ever more powerful CPU’s and ever greater core density. Continue reading Impact of Latest vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing Model upon Data Center Virtualization and Virtualization Management
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. Continue reading News: VMware Announces Updates to vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing
CIOs see selecting the right technology provider for their desktop virtualization strategy as a “significant risk”, according to research firm Ovum. Ovum found that simplifying the management of desktops to reduce costs and increasing business agility were the top two reasons for implementing desktop virtualization, however, an often overlooked aspect is the need to shift thinking from a device-centric perspective to a user-centric one.
I was reading through a recent article about the new Java 7 release, which contradicts Oracle’s current support statement with respect to licensing. The License from Oracle exclusively states Java 7 is only supported on those hypervisors Oracle currently supports: Oracle VM, VirtualBox, Solaris Containers, and Solaris LDOMs except where noted. That last phrase is rather tricky, so where do we find such notes. Is the noted the support document stating that they support Oracle products within a VMware VM? Or is it somewhere else in the license? This leaves out all major hypervisors: Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft. If you cannot find a note saying things are supported, somewhere.
This implies quite a bit for the future of Java support within most PaaS environments being built today. In essence, they cannot upgrade to Java 7. Which means they may fall behind. This would impact OpenShift, Amazon, Google, CloudFoundry, SalesForce, and others.
We have various licensing issues to worry about today, some are:
- Oracle Licensing which impacts Tier 1 applications Continue reading And we are Worried About VMware’s Licensing?
Reading through the vSphere 5 Communities Licensing Thread, one is struck by some of the similarities between this debate and its associated heartburn and the heartburn and debate over how we pay taxes to the government. When it comes to taxes we have certain expectations as to how the system should work. Continue reading VMware vSphere 5 vRAM Pricing and Taxes