VMware Updates vSphere 5 Pricing After Customer Unrest
Credit where credit is due: When customers raised concerns over the licensing model for the recently unveiled VMware vSphere 5 cloud infrastructure solution, VMware listened. To be exact, users were worried about the vRAM-based usage billing: If a virtualized application went over the ceiling allowed per license, administrators might have to purchase multiple vSphere licenses. But that’s no longer a concern, according to an announcement VMware sent its customers.
VMware is addressing the concerns in three ways, as laid out in an official infographic that comes courtesy of GigaOM:
- To help customers future-proof their VMware vSphere deployments, vRAM entitlements per edition have been doubled across the board to 96/64/32/32/32. That means users migrating from vSphere 4 shouldn’t have to pay any more in license costs than they are already.
- Along those same lines, VMware is now capping the vRAM metering at 96GB. Even if application usage goes above that watermark, only one (top-tier Enterprise+) license will ever be necessary.
- vRAM usage will now be charged along a 12-month average rather than a high-water mark, to avoid penalizing for usage spikes in dev/test and transient VMs.
For one VMware administrator’s viewpoint into the original problems that sparked this change, I heartily recommend this blog entry. But VMware definitely gets some credit for addressing customer concerns ahead of the launch. Though I do have to wonder what it was thinking with the original licensing scheme.
Stay tuned to TalkinCloud for more details as we get closer to VMware vSphere 5’s official launch later this year.