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  • 1. VMwarevSphere 5.0 ™Licensing, Pricing and PackagingW H ITE PA P E R
  • 2. VMware vSphere 5.0Table of ContentsExecutive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3VMware vSphere Licensing Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Why a Change was Necessary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 VMware vSphere 5.0 Licensing: Per-Processor with Pooled vRAM Entitlements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Licensing Unit: Per Processor (CPU) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 No Limits on Physical Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 vRAM Entitlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Pooled vRAM Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Increasing the Pooled vRAM Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Monitoring of Pooled vRAM Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Benefits of vSphere 5.0 Licensing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 License Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Centralized Licensing with No Single Point of Failure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Decentralized Licensing Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5VMware vSphere and vCenter Server Packaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 vSphere Editions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 vCenter Server Editions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 vSphere Kits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Upgrade Entitlements for Existing Customers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Upgrading Between vSphere 5.0 Editions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10FAQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10How to Buy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Learn More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 WH ITE PAPE R / 2
  • 3. VMware vSphere 5.0Executive Summary To understand reasons for the change, we should first examine the legacy vSphere model. vSphere 4.x is licensed on a per-physical-VMware® vSphere® is the industry-leading virtualization platform for processor (CPU) basis with limits on:building cloud infrastructures. vSphere accelerates the shift to cloud • The number of physical cores per CPUcomputing for existing datacenters. It also underpins compatible • Physical RAM capacity per serverpublic cloud offerings, paving the way for the industry’s only hybridcloud model. Significant innovations in hardware design—such as CPUs with ever-larger number of cores, high-density memory chips, solid-With the introduction of VMware vSphere 5, VMware is evolving state drives and hyperthreading—were causing the hardwarethe product’s licensing model to give customers the opportunity limits in vSphere 4.x licensing to become outdated. In the 36to move to a more cloud-like, “pay for consumption” approach months since the release of vSphere 4.0, multicore capacityto IT. The changes lay the foundation for a more modern IT cost of x86 CPUs grew from 2–4 cores per CPU to 8–12 per CPU.model that is based on consumption and value rather than Processor manufacturers have announced plans to introducecomponents and capacity. CPUs that will exceed 12 cores. CPU manufacturers havevSphere has made it possible for customers to maximize hardware introduced or plan to introduce technologies—such asutilization and efficiency through pooling. With these licensing hyperthreading—that work at the subcore level and increasechanges, VMware is extending this concept from technology to the processing power by improving parallelization of of IT. The new vSphere licensing model eliminates the Similar growth and innovation trends are also happening on therestrictive physical entitlements of CPU cores and physical RAM memory side, with RAM chip density growing from 4GB perper server, replacing them with a single virtualization-based DIMM to 8GB and 16GB per DIMM and new types of memoryentitlement of pooled virtual memory (vRAM). This will simplify technologies—such as solid-state-drive (SSD)—becomingthe process of purchasing deploying and managing vSphere while mainstream. This innovation trend in server hardware technologiesfacilitating the move to shared infrastructure as a service. is rapidly making the hardware restrictions of vSphere 4.x licenses outdated posing difficulties for customers to plan futureThe vSphere 5.0 licensing model is per processor (CPU) with investments in infrastructure and virtualization.pooled vRAM entitlements. It offers customers the followingbenefits relative to the previous vSphere 4.x model: Moreover, vSphere 4.x licensing did not reflect the fact that vSphere excels at pooling physical hardware resources across• Simplicity – Removes two physical constraints (core and the entire datacenter and presenting them as a single, unified, physical RAM), replacing them with a single virtual entitlement shared infrastructure—an innovation that is one of the core pillars (vRAM). Customers now have a clear path to license vSphere of cloud infrastructure. The hardware-based licensing model of on next-generation hardware configurations. vSphere 4.x made it difficult for customers to transition to the• Flexibility – Extends the concept of resource pooling from usage-based cost and chargeback models that characterize technology to the business of IT by allowing aggregation and cloud computing and IT-as-a-Service. sharing of vRAM entitlement across a large pool of servers.• Fairness – Better aligns cost with actual use and value derived, VMware vSphere 5.0 Licensing: Per-Processor rather than with hardware configurations and capacity. with Pooled vRAM Entitlements• Evolution – Allows customers to evolve to a cloud-like “pay for vSphere 5.0 will be licensed on a per-processor basis with a consumption” model without disrupting established purchasing, vRAM entitlement. Each vSphere 5.0 CPU license will entitle the deployment and license-management practices and processes. purchaser to a specific amount of vRAM, or memory configured to virtual machines. The vRAM entitlement can be pooled acrossVMware vSphere Licensing a vSphere environment to enable a true cloud or utility based IT consumption model. Just like VMware technology offersOverview customers an evolutionary path from the traditional datacenter to cloud infrastructure, the vSphere 5.0 licensing model allowsThe licensing model for vSphere 5.0 is designed to simplify and customers to evolve to a cloud-like “pay for consumption” modeloptimize the purchasing, deployment and support experience without disrupting established purchasing, deployment and license-for all customers. management practices and processes. Licensing Unit: Per Processor (CPU)Why a Change was Necessary vSphere 5.0 is still licensed on a per-processor basis, allowingWith the modification to vSphere licensing, we accomplish customers to continue leveraging established purchasing,two objectives: deployment and license-management processes.• Free customers from restrictive hardware-based entitlements• Align the vSphere licensing model with IT as a service SnS is required for all vSphere purchases. WH ITE PAPE R / 3
  • 4. VMware vSphere 5.0No Limits on Physical Resources The pooling of vRAM makes vSphere 5.0 licensing extremelyvSphere 5.0 licensing removes all restrictions on physical cores flexible and can reduce the number of required vSphere licensesand physical RAM. This change eliminates barriers to deploying because vRAM entitlements can be shared among multiplevSphere on new multicore server configurations, improving hosts. There are no restrictions on how vRAM is consumedcustomers’ ability to choose server hardware that best meets across virtual machines and CPUs. At any given point in time,their requirements. the amount of vRAM consumed by active virtual machines on a CPU could exceed the base entitlement of the vSphere 5.0vRAM Entitlement license assigned to that CPU. As long as the total consumedWe have introduced vRAM, a transferable, virtualization-based vRAM across all virtual machines managed by a VMware vCenterentitlement to offer customers the greatest flexibility for vSphere instance or multiple linked VMware vCenter instances is less orconfiguration and usage. vRAM is defined as the virtual memory equal to the total available vRAM, vSphere is correctly licensed.configured to virtual machines. When a virtual machine is created,it is configured with a certain amount of virtual memory (vRAM) Increasing the Pooled vRAM Capacityavailable to the virtual machine. Depending on the edition, each If necessary, the easiest way to expand pooled vRAM capacityvSphere 5.0-CPU license provides a certain vRAM capacity is to add more vSphere CPU licenses of the same edition toentitlement. When the virtual machine is powered on, the vRAM the vRAM pool. Alternatively, customers can upgrade all CPUconfigured for that virtual machine counts against the total vRAM licenses in the vRAM pool to a vSphere edition with a higherentitled to the user. There are no restrictions on how vRAM capacity base vRAM entitlement.can be distributed among virtual machines: a customer can Monitoring of Pooled vRAM Capacityconfigure many small virtual machines or one large virtual machine. Available and consumed vRAM capacity can be monitoredThe entitled vRAM is a fungible resource configured to meet and managed using the licensing-management module ofcustomer workload requirements. VMware vCenter Server. Customers can create reports andPooled vRAM Capacity set up alerts to obtain automated notification of when theAn important feature of the new licensing model is the concept of level of vRAM consumption surpasses a specified level ofpooling the vRAM capacity entitlements for all processor licenses the available pooled capacity.(see Figure 1). The vRAM entitlements of vSphere CPU licenses are Benefits of vSphere 5.0 Licensingpooled—that is, aggregated—across all CPU licenses managed by The new vSphere 5.0 licensing model providesa VMware vCenter instance (or multiple linked VMware vCenterinstances) to form a total available vRAM capacity (pooled vRAM • Simplicity – Removes two physical constraints (core andcapacity). If workloads on one server are not using their full vRAM physical RAM), replacing them with a single virtual entitlemententitlement, the excess capacity can be used by other virtual (vRAM). Customers now have a clear path to license vSpheremachines within the VMware vCenter instance. At any given point on next-generation hardware time, the vRAM capacity consumed by all powered-on virtual • Flexibility – Extends the concept of resource pooling frommachines within a pool must be equal or lower than the pooled technology to the business of IT by allowing aggregation andvRAM capacity. sharing of vRAM entitlement across a large pool of severs. • Fairness – Better aligns cost with actual use and value derived rather than hardware configurations and capacity. • Evolution – Allows customers to evolve to a cloud-like “pay for consumption” model without disrupting established purchasing, deployment and license-management practices and processes. Figure 2 shows a comparison between the vSphere 4.x and vSphere 5.0 licensing models.Figure 1. vSphere 5 .0 Brings the Benefits of Pooling to Licensing SnS is required for all vSphere purchases. WH ITE PAPE R / 4
  • 5. VMware vSphere 5.0 Centralized Licensing with No Single Point of Failure VMware vSphere 4.1 VMware vSphere 5.0 and prior and later VMware vCenter Server is the recommended interface for license Per CPU with core/ Per CPU with vRAM assignment to vSphere hosts. When a license key is assigned by physical memory limit entitlement vCenter Server, it is copied to the host and saved in a persistent format. If the host becomes disconnected from vCenter Server, the Licensing Unit CPU = CPU license key remains active on the host indefinitely, even after a host reboot. Only a deliberate licensing operation by the user can remove SnS Unit CPU = CPU or replace a host license key. Restrictions by vSphere Decentralized Licensing Option editions - 6 cores for Standard Although VMware recommends that customers assign all Core per proc and Enterprise, ESS, < Unlimited vSphere licenses centrally through vCenter Server, customers ESS+ - 12 core for Advanced also have the option to assign their license keys directly to and Ent. Plus individual hosts. There is no difference between directly and centrally assigned license keys. When a vSphere host is added Restrictions by to the vCenter Server inventory, any license key already on the vSphere edition - 256GB for Standard, host will become available for management, reporting and Physical RAM Capacity per host Advanced and < Unlimited assignment in vCenter Server, just like any license key added Enterprise, ESS, ESS+ - Unlimited for Enterprise directly via vCenter Server. For more information on vSphere Plus licensing, visit Entitlement by vSphere edition Licensing Example - 24GB vRAM for Essentials Kit In this section we will go over the key elements of vSphere 5.0 - 24GB vRAM for Essentials Plus Kit licensing using an example. vRAM Capacity per proc Not applicable = - 24GB vRAM for Standard Creating the vRAM Pool - 32GB vRAM for For this example, a user has two 2-CPU hosts that they wish to Enterprise - 48GB vRAM for license with vSphere Enterprise edition. Note that the vRAM Enterprise Plus entitlement for vSphere Enterprise is 32GB per CPU. Each physical CPU requires a license, so a minimum of four vSphere Enterprise YES - vRAM entitlements can be licenses are required. More licenses will be required if the user needs Pooling of shared among vSphere to use more vRAM than the 4 x 32GB = 128GB of vRAM that is entitlements Not applicable < hosts managed by a entitled with the four licenses. So far the user has yet to create any vCenter or linked vCenter instance virtual machines, so 128GB of vRAM is more than adequate. In sum, the user purchases and deploys four licenses of vSphere Enterprise, Compliance • Purchase in advance • Purchase in advance yielding a vRAM capacity of 128GB of vRAM. policies of use = of use • High Watermark • High Watermark Hosts 2 YES - built-into vCenter Monitoring tool Not applicable = Server 5.0 CPUs 4Figure 2. vSphere 4 .x vs . vSphere 5 .0 Licensing Comparison VMware vSphere licenses 4License Management vRAM capacity 128GB (4 licenses x 32GB/license)vSphere 5.0 licenses are still simple license keys (25-characteralphanumeric strings) that contain encrypted information about vRAM used 0GBthe vSphere edition or kit purchased and the processor quantity.These license keys do not contain any server-specific informationand are not tied to a specific piece of hardware. This means thatthe same license key can be assigned to multiple vSphere hosts,as long as the sum of physical processors on those hosts doesnot exceed the encoded processor quantity in the license key. SnS is required for all vSphere purchases. WH ITE PAPE R / 5
  • 6. VMware vSphere 5.0Pooling allows DRS and vMotion across hosts Later, the user needs to use an additional 60GB of vRAM for 15Next, the user starts to create virtual machines. The user creates new virtual machines. This would bring the total vRAM used to20 virtual machines each having 4GB of vRAM, and plans to run 180GB, more than the current vRAM capacity of 160GB. The userfive virtual machines on each of the four CPUs. Both hosts are in has two options to increase the vRAM capacity:the same vRAM pool as they are connected to the same vCenter • Buy one additional vSphere license of the same edition,Server and are running the same vSphere edition. This vRAM Enterprise. This would raise the vRAM capacity to 192GB.pool allows VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) andVMware vMotion to move the virtual machines between any • Upgrade all five vSphere licenses to an edition with a higherof the CPUs without needing additional licenses. Even if all 20 vRAM entitlement. Each license of Enterprise Plus is entitledvirtual machines were running on a single CPU, no additional to 48GB of vRAM. Upgrading to Enterprise Plus would yieldvRAM capacity would be required, because the pooled vRAM a new vRAM capacity of 240GB.entitlement would not be exceeded. Hosts 3 Hosts 2 CPUs 5 CPUs 4 VMware vSphere licenses 6 VMware vSphere licenses 4 vRAM capacity 192GB vRAM capacity 128GB vRAM used 180GB (120GB + 60GB) 80GB (20 virtual machines x 4GB/virtual vRAM used machine) The user opts for the first option and purchases one additionalUsers can increase vRAM Capacity in two ways: license of vSphere Enterprise. Note: To make the additional vRAM1. Adding new vSphere licenses of the same edition capacity available for the vRAM pool the new license key needs to be combined with one of the existing keys in the VMware2. Upgrading licenses to an edition with a higher licensing portal vRAM entitlement vSphere Licenses Assigned to the vRAM Pool can beIn the example, the user then adds an additional host with a reallocated to a CPUsingle CPU. This requires the user to purchase an additional Finally, the user decides to add an additional host with one CPUlicense of vSphere Enterprise. The additional license raises the to help load-balance the existing virtual machines. The user doesvRAM capacity by another 32GB to a total of 160GB. The user not need to purchase an additional vSphere license for this host,adds five virtual machines that have 8GB of vRAM each on the because it has one license that is not deployed to a CPU. The usernew host. Although the 40GB of vRAM running on the new host deploys that license to the new host. The vRAM capacity remainsis more than its one CPU is entitled to, the other two hosts have unchanged at 192GB.enough excess vRAM, so no additional licenses are required. Hosts 4 Hosts 3 CPUs 6 CPUs 5 VMware vSphere licenses 6 VMware vSphere licenses 5 vRAM capacity 192GB vRAM capacity 160GB vRAM used 180GB 120GB (80GB + (5 virtual machines x 8GB/ vRAM used virtual machine) SnS is required for all vSphere purchases. WH ITE PAPE R / 6
  • 7. VMware vSphere 5.0VMware vSphere and Standard Enterprise Enterprise PlusvCenter Server Packaging Server Powerful and Policy-based consolidation e cient datacenter and no planned resource automation downtime managementVMware offers several packaging options designed for a wide Price (license only) $995 $2,875 $3,495variety of deployment scenarios and customer types (see Figure 3). Entitlements per CPU license • vRAM Entitlement 24 GB 32 GB 48 GB • vCPU/VM 8 way 8 way 32 way Features • High Availability • Data Recovery • vMotion • Virtual Serial Port Concentrator • Hot Add • vShield Zones • Fault Tolerance • Storage APIs for Array Integration, Multipathing • Storage vMotion • Distributed Resource Scheduler & Distributed Power Management • Distributed Switch • I/O Controls (Network and Storage) • Host Profiles • Auto Deploy* • Policy-Driven Storage* • Storage DRS* All editions include: Thin Provisioning, Update Manager, Storage APIs for Data Protection, Image Profile, and SLES (except Ess and Ess+). *New in vSphere 5.0 Figure 4. vSphere 5 .0 Editions Lineup For information on local currency prices for vSphere Editions and Kits visit: vSphere Standard Edition provides an entry-level solution for basic server consolidation to slash hardware costs while accelerating application deployment. Each Standard Edition license entitles 24GB of vRAM. vSphere Enterprise Edition is a robust solution that customersFigure 3. vSphere 5 .0 and vCenter Server Purchasing Options can use to optimize IT assets, ensure cost-effective business continuity and streamline IT operations through automation.vSphere Editions Each Enterprise Edition license entitles 32GB of vRAM.vSphere Editions offer different combinations of functionality vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition offers the full range of vSphereand vRAM entitlements at different price points, providing a features for transforming datacenters into dramatically simplifiedsimple path for customers to license vSphere to meet their cloud infrastructures, for running today’s applications rightspecific requirements for scalability, size of environment, and alongside the next generation of flexible, reliable IT services.use cases (see Figure 4). A Support and Subscription (SnS) Each Enterprise Plus Edition license entitles 48GB of vRAM.contract is required for every vSphere Edition purchase. Note that all hosts in a vRAM pool must be licensed with the same vSphere edition or, in other terms, vRAM entitlements are pooled by vSphere Edition. It is possible to manage mixed environments of hosts licensed with different vSphere Editions from the same vCenter, however this will create multiple vRAM pools. vRAM capacity can only be shared among servers licensed with the same vSphere Edition. SnS is required for all vSphere purchases. WH ITE PAPE R / 7
  • 8. VMware vSphere 5.0vCenter Server Editions Essentials KitsVMware vCenter Server provides unified management for The Essentials Kits are all-in-one solutions for small environmentsvSphere environments and is a required component of a (up to three hosts with two CPUs each) available in two editions—complete vSphere deployment. One instance of vCenter Server Essentials and Essentials Plus. Both editions include vSphereis required to centrally manage virtual machines and their hosts processor licenses and VMware vCenter Server for Essentialsand to enable all vSphere features. for an environment of up to three hosts (up to 2 CPUs each) and maximum pooled vRAM capacity of 144GB (24GB x 6 vSphereVMware vCenter Server is available in the following packages: Essentials CPU licenses). Essentials scalability limits are product-• VMware vCenter Server for Essentials kits – Integrated enforced and cannot be extended other than by upgrading the management for vSphere Essentials kits whole kit to a higher-end bundle (see upgrades sections, below). vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus kits are self-contained• VMware vCenter Server Foundation – Centralized solutions and may not be decoupled, or combined with other management for up to three vSphere hosts vSphere editions.• VMware vCenter Server Standard – Highly scalable vSphere Essentials Kit is all-in-one solution ideal for small offices. management with rapid provisioning, monitoring, It enables consolidation and management of applications to reduce orchestration and control of all virtual machines in hardware and operating costs—all with a low upfront investment. a vSphere environment The vSphere Essentials kit must be purchased along with a one-yearAll editions of vCenter Server include the following components: subscription to software patches and updates. Support is optional and available on a per-incident basis.• Management server –Acts as universal hub for provisioning, monitoring and configuring virtualized environments vSphere Essentials Plus Kit adds features such as vSphere vMotion, vSphere HA and vSphere Data Recovery to vSphere Essentials to• Database server – Stores persistent configuration data and enable always-on IT for the small environment. vSphere Essentials performance information Plus is ideal for small businesses that, in addition to hardware and• Search engine – Allows administrators to search the entire object operating cost savings, are also looking for maximization of inventory of multiple VMware vCenter Servers from one place application availability and business continuity with a low upfront investment. SnS for vSphere Essentials Plus is sold separately.• vSphere Client – Provides administrators with a feature- A minimum of one year of SnS is required. rich console for accessing one or more VMware vCenter Servers simultaneously vSphere Essentials Kit for Retail and Branch Offices is a special edition designed for deployments in branch offices• VMware vCenter APIs and .NET Extension – Allows integration of mid-size or large enterprises. This edition offers a packaged between vCenter Server and other tools, with support for solution to extend agility, security and efficiency across the customized plug-ins to the vSphere Client organization and allow remote management of the officeVMware vCenter Server Standard also includes the following deployment either locally or from central location running VMwareadditional features: vCenter Server. Remote- and branch-office editions require a maximum of 3 virtualized hosts per site and a minimum initial order• vCenter Orchestrator – Streamlines and automates key of a starter kit (covering 10 sites) plus the ability to add on sites as IT processes required (after initial purchase of 10 sites customers can add 1• vCenter Server Linked Mode – Enables a common inventory additional site at a time). vRAM entitlements of the Essentials Kit for view across multiple instances of vCenter Server Retail and Branch Office deployed are pooled across sites with centrally management by a single remote VMware vCenter Server.For information on local currency prices for vCenter Server Editionsand Kits visit: Acceleration Kits vSphere 5.0 Acceleration Kits are all-in-one convenience bundlesvSphere Kits that provide a simple way for new customers to purchase all theKits are all in one solutions that include multiple vSphere licenses necessary components to set up a new VMware environment. Eachand vCenter Server enabling an organization to quickly and easily kit consists of a number of licenses for vSphere, along with a licensebegin their vSphere environment. Kits are available in several for one instance of a VMware vCenter Server Standard (see Figureeditions that vary in terms of scalability and functionality. VMware 5). Unlike the Essentials Kits and vSphere 4.x Acceleration Kits thatoffers two types of kits: Essentials Kits and Acceleration Kits. function as single entity, vSphere 5.0 Acceleration Kits decompose into their individual kit components after purchase. This allows SnS is required for all vSphere purchases. WH ITE PAPE R / 8
  • 9. VMware vSphere 5.0customers to upgrade and renew SnS for each individualcomponent on its own schedule. The Acceleration Kits are often Upgrade Entitlements foroffered at promotional discounts. Visit or contact your Existing Customerslocal reseller for more-specific information on the latest available vSphere customers with an active SnS contract are entitled toacceleration kit offerings. upgrade to vSphere 5.0 at no extra charge. Figure 6 shows the entitlement path of current vSphere 4.x Kit Feature and Essentials Kits Acceleration Kits customers as part of their active SnS contracts. Upgrades Scale Overview (up to 3 hosts) (unlimited hosts, extensible management) to vSphere 5.0 require acceptance of the new end-user licensing Essentials Essentials Standard Enterprise Enterprise agreement (EULA) and vSphere 5.0 licensing model. Plus AK AK Plus AK Price (license only) $495 $4,495 $10,000 $17,495 $21,995 Includes 6 CPUs 6 CPUs 8 CPUs 6 CPUs 6 CPUs Entitlements per CPU license 24 GB 24 GB 24 GB 32 GB 48 GB • vRAM Entitlement (144GB max) (144GB max) • vCPU 8 way 8 way 8 way 8 way 32 way Features • Centralized Management • High Availability • Data Recovery • vMotion • Virtual Serial Port Concentrator • Hot Add • vShield Zones • Fault Tolerance • Storage APIs for Array Integration, Multipathing • Storage vMotion • Distributed Resource Scheduler & Distributed Power Management • Distributed Switch • I/O Controls (Network and Storage) • Host Profiles Figure 6. vSphere 4 .x to vSphere 5 .0 Entitlement Paths • Auto Deploy* • Policy-Driven Storage* Note: Customers who purchased vSphere 4.x Standard with • Storage DRS* vMotion and Storage vMotion are entitled to vSphere 5.0 All editions include: Thin Provisioning, Update Manager, Storage APIs for Data Protection, Image Profile, and SLES (except Ess and Ess+). *New in vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Edition. Visit the vSphere Upgrade Center for more information and to determine the appropriate upgrade path forFigure 5. vSphere 5 .0 Kits Lineup your organization: information on local currency prices for vSphere Editions and upgrade-center/.Kits visit: For information on local currency prices for vSphere Editions and Kits visit: Reinstatement Options for Customers with Inactive SnS Contracts Customers who have an expired SnS must pay reinstatement fees to purchase supported upgrades. Reinstatement fees are based on the following criteria: • The applicable SnS fees for the current contract term • Fees that would have been paid for the period of time that the customer’s SnS contract was not active • A 20 percent fee on the sum of the fees in the preceding two criteria SnS is required for all vSphere purchases. WH ITE PAPE R / 9
  • 10. VMware vSphere 5.0Upgrading Between FAQvSphere 5.0 Editions Q: Does the new VMware vSphere 5.0 licensing model apply to existing licenses of VMware vSphere 4.x or prior?Customers may purchase an upgrade to a higher vSphereoffering. For example, vSphere Standard customers may A: No. The new vSphere licensing model applies only to newupgrade to either vSphere Enterprise or vSphere Enterprise purchases of vSphere licenses or to existing licenses ofPlus. When customers upgrade supported licenses to a higher vSphere 4.x or older that are upgraded to vSphere 5.0.vSphere edition, the original license key is deactivated and a new Q: When upgrading from existing licenses of vSphere 4.xlicense key is issued for the upgraded edition. The SnS fee is then or older to vSphere 5.0, may I maintain the vSphere 4.xcalculated. This new SnS contract will be extended by the value licensing model?remaining on the base edition. This process ensures that only asingle license key exists that has a single SnS contract with a A: No. In order to complete the upgrade, the new vSphere 5.0single termination date. This simplifies SnS renewals. EULA must be accepted.Upgrade paths for vSphere Editions and Kits are shown in Q: What is vRAM?Figure 7. A: vRAM or virtual RAM is the total memory configured to a virtual machine. Q: What is the available pooled vRAM capacity of my environment? A: Available pooled vRAM is equal to the sum total of vRAM entitlements for all vSphere licenses of a single edition, managed by a single instance of VMware vCenter Server or by multiple instances of VMware vCenter Server in Linked Mode. Q: How is consumed vRAM capacity determined? A: Consumed vRAM is equal to the sum total of vRAM configured to all powered on virtual machines managed by a singleFigure 7. vSphere 5 .0 Editions and Kit Upgrade Paths instance of VMware vCenter Server or by multiple instances of VMware vCenter Server in Linked Mode.For information on local currency prices for vSphere Editions andKits visit: Q: How big a vRAM pool can I make? A: The pooled vRAM capacity can be extended indefinitely by adding more vSphere licenses to VMware vCenter Server. Q: Can the pooled vRAM capacity be extended by using any vSphere edition? A: No, vRAM entitlements are pooled by vSphere edition. Therefore, a vRAM pool can be extended by adding vSphere licenses of the same edition. Q: How am I compliant with this licensing model? Is there a “hard stop” at my vRAM limit? A: To be compliant, consumed vRAM must be equal or less than the available pooled vRAM capacity. VMware vCenter Server will not impose a hard limit (with the exception of VMware vCenter Server for Essentials) on consumed vRAM, but will provide alerts that consumed vRAM is approaching or has surpassed available pooled capacity. The VMware policy is that customers should buy licenses in advance of use. SnS is required for all vSphere purchases. WH ITE PAPE R / 1 0
  • 11. VMware vSphere 5.0Q: I have received an alert from VMware vCenter that I have Q: Will this licensing model cost me more? exceeded the available pooled vRAM, but the product did A: Although it is impossible to predict the effects of the new not prevent me from deploying a new virtual machine. model in every type of environment, the licensing model has What is going on? been designed to minimize the risk of potential impacts inA: Only vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus implement hard existing environments while also providing room for growth. enforcement of vRAM capacity. VMware vCenter Server vRAM entitlements have been set to provide enough capacity Standard will not prevent you from exceeding the available to scale well beyond today’s average consolidation ratios of vRAM capacity; it will only signal that the licensing of the 5:1. In addition, thanks to pooling, customers will be able to environment is out of compliance. VMware licensing policy share entitlements among multiple hosts, thereby making is that customers should buy licenses in advance of use, more efficient use of available capacity. so we recommend monitoring the vRAM consumption and extending the available pooled vRAM capacity before exceeding it. In this example, to become compliant you should immediately add enough vSphere licenses to cover the high How to Buy watermark of consumed vRAM capacity. For information on local currency prices for vSphere Editions andQ: Once I use a vSphere license to add vRAM to a pool, Kits visit: can I later assign that vSphere license to a CPU? To purchase vSphere, use the online VMware Partner Locator toA: Yes, using the VMware Licensing portal http://www.vmware. find an authorized reseller in your area: http://partnerlocator. com/licensing/license.portal you can combine or split vSphere processor licenses. This process will create new You can also visit the online VMware Store to determine which kit license keys that can be reassigned to new and existing or edition of vSphere is right for your organization: http://www. CPUs using the Licensing Module in vCenter Server. What is the process through which I add vSphere licensing to the vRAM pool?A: There are two ways to add vSphere licenses to the pool: Learn More • Introduce a new host to the pool and assign processor For information or to purchase VMware products, licenses to its CPUs call 877-4-VMWARE (outside of North America dial • Add new processor licenses, combining them to existing 650-427-5000), visit, ones using the VMware licensing portal or search online for an authorized reseller. For detailed specifications and systems requirements, refer to theQ: Can I add vRAM to an Essentials or Essentials Plus kit? VMware vSphere documentation.A: No, the total vRAM capacity of Essentials and Essentials Plus kits cannot be extended.Q: Does my SnS calculation change?A: SnS continues to be linked to vSphere processor licenses.Q: Do the licensing terms differ depending on which server I deploy vSphere 5.0 on?A: No. No vSphere license entitlement is linked to physical characteristics of the server on which vSphere is deployed.Q: How do I procure more vRAM?A: You simply need to buy and assign more vSphere CPU licenses. SnS is required for all vSphere purchases. WH ITE PAPE R / 11
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