vSphere 5.1 and vCloud Suite pricing

by Scott Lowe [Published on 30 Aug. 2012 / Last Updated on 30 Aug. 2012]

As you may have heard, VMware has succumbed to good sense and has finally ended vRAM, a licensing scheme that was introduced with vSphere 5.0 last year.  In its place, the company has moved back to per-socket pricing, but this time there are no core limitations as there were with vSphere 4.  The new licensing is retroactive to vSphere 5 as well.  VMware wants to our vRAM as far behind it as possible. All prices below are per socket. vSphere 5.1 is available in the following editions at these prices: Standard. $995 + SnS. Standard with Operations Management. $1,995 + SnS. Enterprise. $2,875 + SnS. Enterprise Plus. $3,495 + SnS. In addition to the end of vRAM, VMware released the VMware vCloud Suite.  This is not necessarily a brand new product but is a conglomeration of a number of existing products into a single SKU.  From VMware, here is a list of the products included in VMware vCloud Suite: vSphere. Virtualized infrastructure with policy-based automation. vCloud Director. Virtualized datacenters with multi-tenancy and public cloud extensibility. vCloud Connector. Integrated viewing and dynamic transfer of workloads between private and public clouds. vCloud Networking and Security. Software defined networking, security, and ecosystem integration. vCenter Site Recovery Manager. Automated disaster recovery planning, testing, and execution. vCenter Operations Management Suite. Integrated, proactive performance, capacity, and configuration management for dynamic cloud environments. vFabric Application Director. Multi-tier application service catalog

As you may have heard, VMware has succumbed to good sense and has finally ended vRAM, a licensing scheme that was introduced with vSphere 5.0 last year.  In its place, the company has moved back to per-socket pricing, but this time there are no core limitations as there were with vSphere 4.  The new licensing is retroactive to vSphere 5 as well.  VMware wants to our vRAM as far behind it as possible.

All prices below are per socket.

vSphere 5.1 is available in the following editions at these prices:

  • Standard. $995 + SnS.
  • Standard with Operations Management. $1,995 + SnS.
  • Enterprise. $2,875 + SnS.
  • Enterprise Plus. $3,495 + SnS.

In addition to the end of vRAM, VMware released the VMware vCloud Suite.  This is not necessarily a brand new product but is a conglomeration of a number of existing products into a single SKU.  From VMware, here is a list of the products included in VMware vCloud Suite:

  • vSphere. Virtualized infrastructure with policy-based automation.
  • vCloud Director. Virtualized datacenters with multi-tenancy and public cloud extensibility.
  • vCloud Connector. Integrated viewing and dynamic transfer of workloads between private and public clouds.
  • vCloud Networking and Security. Software defined networking, security, and ecosystem integration.
  • vCenter Site Recovery Manager. Automated disaster recovery planning, testing, and execution.
  • vCenter Operations Management Suite. Integrated, proactive performance, capacity, and configuration management for dynamic cloud environments.
  • vFabric Application Director. Multi-tier application service catalog publishing and provisioning.

vCloud Suite is also licensed on a per socket basis and is available in these editions and prices:

  • vCloud Suite Standard. $4,995 + SnS.
  • vCloud Suite Advanced.. $7,495 + SnS.
  • vCloud Suite Enterprise. $11,495 + SnS.

It should be noted that the individual vCloud Suite products are still available individually, too.  However, if you do purchase them a la carte, they are licensed under their old pricing models, many of which were based on per VM prices.

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