Learn to navigate VMware’s licensing changes.
Although I’m not a fan at all of VMware’s new licensing scheme - I do not believe it to be customer-centric in any way, shape or form - it’s not so bad that I’m going to ditch the use of VMware at work. The fact is that VMware remains the market leader from a features and stability perspective, but I fully expect Microsoft to continue to work to try to close the gap as time goes on. Until then, it’s a VMware world, for better or worse.
Now, I’m probably being unfair to VMware a bit since most vendors these days - at least large ones - seem to have convoluted and, frankly, ridiculous licensing schemes in place. Fortunately, to help navigate the morass, VMware has put together a white paper entitled VMware vSphere 5 Licensing, Pricing and Packaging. In this twelve page white paper, you will learn, among other things:
- The ins and outs of vRAM licensing and how to calculate it.
- The reasons that VMware eliminated core and physical RAM limits.
- How vSphere 5-based desktops are licensed.
- The features available in each vSphere 5 edition.
- Edition changes and upgrade paths.
- How to upgrade between vSphere 5 editions.