vSphere 5 Licensing Polls – The Results are in…

So the results are in from the Poll I posted about 2 weeks ago.

The voting was done to where no one could vote from the same IP and its used cookies as well.  This was the best way to get the “most” accurate polls for voting.  Obviously, we don’t want people voting who have voted already… Still browser cleaning and resetting the IP would allow for you to vote but come on who honestly would do that? ;).

Here are the results:

Will the new vSphere 5 Licensing cost you more money?

Answer Votes Percent
Yes, It will cost us significantly more (Greater then 100% increase) 128 43%
Yes, It will cost me more money (less then 100% increase) 103 35%
No, and we have room to grow 41 14%
No, we will break even on cost. 25 8%

What do you think about the new vSphere 5 licensing model?

Answer Votes Percent
They should increase additonal vRAM 284 89%
Nothing, its just fine the way it is. 34  11%

So as you can see… the results speak for themselves. Now, according to some sources there have been a lot of confusion about the vRAM licensing but in just a short survey you can see the results. I am still not sure where VMware got its numbers and obviously they have a ot more resources to put into researching but it makes you wonder if they were catering to a certain business model already.  Still even so making businesses conform to a “Bill as you go” model doesn’t make much sense for many Private cloud companies.

So right now for us at work we are no longer going the consolidation route.  With the new licensing we are going to just upgrade all our current licenses so we will now have vRAM capacity.  In the long run it does cost us 100% more because of our previous planning/strategy.  Upgrading all our current licenses to vSphere 5 will give us nearly 5 TB of vRAM. Of course in the beginning we were planning on 1/2’ing our vSphere licenses…

Virtual Noob’s take on things?
It cannot be more obvious that most people are having to spend more money… VMware should probably take to heart what its customers are saying. Honestly I don’t see a large amount of people being confused on vRAM it almost feels to me that people are just looking for a reason.. Though I will AGREE you still need to look at the big picture.

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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.

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