VMware listens to customers, changes vSphere 5 licensing again

VMware raises vRAM limits that customers feared would increase costs and reduce flexibility

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Bogomil Balkansky, vice president of product management for VMware, detailed the new "updated" pricing changes for vSphere 5 in a company blog post, explaining the licensing changes this way:

We are a company built on customer goodwill and we take customer feedback to heart. Our primary objective is to do right by our customers, and we are announcing three changes to the vSphere 5 licensing model that address the three most recurring areas of customer feedback:

  • We've increased vRAM entitlements for all vSphere editions, including the doubling of the entitlements for vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise Plus.
  • We've capped the amount of vRAM we count in any given VM, so that no VM, not even the "monster" 1TB vRAM VM, would cost more than one vSphere Enterprise Plus license.
  • We adjusted our model to be much more flexible around transient workloads, and short-term spikes that are typical in test & dev environments for example.

VMware also emailed this chart to customers, further explaining the new licensing updates.

Updated VMware vSphere 5 pricing

With this updated licensing, VMware has increased the memory per virtual machine; however, it isn't backing away from moving to a vRAM pricing model. The company said, "We remain confident that our vSphere 5 licensing model based on pooled vRAM is the right one for the cloud computing era. We are fully committed to meeting our customers' and partners' unique needs. Your continued feedback is important to us as we move forward together on the virtualization and cloud computing journey."

The new updated pricing plans will reduce and take away much of the initial sting already encountered. However, it won't eliminate the immediate impact, nor does it solve the longer-term outlook as others expand and upgrade their environments to larger VMs built on bigger host servers.

Is this latest move enough to keep you happy and remain operating on VMware's platform? Or does the new pricing still leave you uneasy about future pricing intentions, causing you to look for alternative virtualization solutions?

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