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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.

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.org  and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

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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.

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.org  and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

vSphere 5 Licensing – Cast your vote!

Licensing has been the talk of the town lately so I decided, why not do a vote? So, here it is!

Do the Math Then Cast Your Vote!

Visit Alans, PeetersOnline or Luc’s site for a scirpt to look at your current licensing for vRAM entitlements!

I am curious to hear other peoples answers. I did have an option of doing away with vRAM capacity but honestly I think everyone would choose that option.

Feel free to comment with any suggestions!

***Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed on VirtualNoob.wordpress.org  and Chad King in no way reflect the views or thoughts of his employer or any other views of a company. These are his personal opinions which are formed on his own. Also, products improve over time and some things maybe out of date. Please feel free to contact us and request an update and we will be happy to assist. Thanks!~

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