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vRAM eliminated on both vSphere 5.0 and 5.1

VMware removed vRAM entitlements from vSphere licensing; applies to existing 5.0 as well as 5.1 environments.

We Fear Change

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 vCenter Server Appliance and vRAM Reporting

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.

Price Commitment for Windows Server Workloads

In a recent blog post filled with FUD and misinformation, the Microsoft virtualization team makes a surprising commitment to maintain Windows pricing.

Wanna see a million ESX licenses?

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 […]

Save $14,970 on VMware ESX management

System Center Virtual Machine Manager is licensed per physical host -- Hyper-V or VMware ESX -- at a cost of $1497 each.

Nice writeup on Windows Server licensing

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 […]

Upgrading your management platform from the entry-level edition

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.