VMware removed vRAM entitlements from vSphere licensing; applies to existing 5.0 as well as 5.1 environments.
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With the launch of vSphere 5.1, VMware is neutralizing the controversial vRAM-based licensing model and reverting to the former per-socket arrangement. Tad is busy updating his sales and marketing collateral.
VMware vSphere 5 introduces a new license report for vRAM. Unfortunately, the report does not display properly when using the Linux-based vCenter Server Virtual Appliance until a small workaround is executed.
In a recent blog post filled with FUD and misinformation, the Microsoft virtualization team makes a surprising commitment to maintain Windows pricing.
If you have used VMware VI3 and vSphere 4, one thing you probably noticed right away is the difference in licensing. To much applause, vSphere no longer uses a FLEXlm license server. While you transition from VI3 to vSphere you will still need to keep the license server around, though. Fortunately vCenter Server 4 is […]
System Center Virtual Machine Manager is licensed per physical host -- Hyper-V or VMware ESX -- at a cost of $1497 each.
Licensing in a virtual environment can be confusing. Here is a nice summary of how Windows Server is licensed and explains the differences between Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions. One thing I really appreciate about this article is that even though it was written by a Microsoft employee, it specifically acknowledges that the licensing model […]
Both VMware VirtualCenter and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) come in an entry-level edition for sites that are not yet at enterprise deployment levels. VMware calls their offering Foundation and Microsoft’s is Workgroup Edition. Similarly, both vendors also offer free, time-limited evaluations of their enterprise products.