vSphere 5 Licensing – “The Big Picture”

As we all know a lot of customers are unhappy with the current licensing introduced into vSphere 5.

It affects customers on every baseline and I suppose the real questions I have been seeing could easily be addressed by adding additional vRAM capacity to the current licensing model. I noted this in my previous blog as well.

I have been doing some more thinking about this subject and yes, I too have been caught in the mess of things and commenting/battling others in how this was justified. It obviously means that if you are not happy you can always go with a Virtual platform that does fit your budget and wallet. There are other options out there Like Hyper-V, Oracle, and of course Citrix XEN.

Recently though I have been wondering on some of the concerns I had when looking at how many licenses I needed and there have been some people who don’t like the fact that they now have to even pay for over committing your host when this was never the case prior. When I had previously looked at me licenses there were some things I didn’t consider. I saved an estimated 10 licensing when considering Failover capacity.  Not a huge additional saving but still a savings none the less.

  • HA/Failover Capacity (Minus this from your licensing because you want to have that reserved capacity for failover)
  • Overcommiting Memory (This can be cheaper then buying new hardware vs. Paying for the license)
  • Best consolidation Ratio (On Vmware – though expensive)
  • Get out of looking at *Current Capacity* and base cost on average growth
  • Of course the best set of features as well!

I know this isn’t much but wanted to throw in my additional two cents, since I obviously wasn’t thinking this completely threw.

Virtual Noobs take on it?
Well, the good news is right now vSphere 4.1 doesn’t impose this vRAM capacity stuff at the moment and according to sources it will be supported for at least another 7 years.  vSphere 4.1 is a great product still and its many years ahead of others in the same arena.  Honestly, you should wait, test other products, see how they compare, and then if you need to migrate.

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About Chad King

I am an IT professional working in the industry for over 10 years. Starting in Microsoft Administration and Solutions I was also a free lance consultant for small businesses. Since I first saw virtualization I have always been fascinated by the concept. I currently specialize in VMware technology. I consult daily on many different types of VMware Solutions. I have experience in all domains related to virtualization and cloud solutions. From help desk, administration, engineering, implementation, and design allowing me to provide creative solutions with the understanding and gaps at all levels.

Posted on July 15, 2011, in Cloud, Licensing, vSphere 5 and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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