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Softchoice Webinar: VMware 5 Release Summary


On July 12th, VMware announced the release of VMware vSphere 5. This exciting new product comes with a lot of new features, but also important are the significant changes to the licensing structure. …

On July 12th, VMware announced the release of VMware vSphere 5. This exciting new product comes with a lot of new features, but also important are the significant changes to the licensing structure. We recently conducted this webinar to help customers understand these changes and determine which licensing model is best for their organization.

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  • 1. July 15, 2011
    VMware vSphere 5 ReleaseLicense Changes
  • 2. Agenda
    Understanding the Key Driver for Licensing Change
    vSphere 5: Licensing Changes
    Edition Consolidation and Upgrade Rights
    vRAM Definition and Entitlements
    vSphere 4: Staying Put
    Downgrade Rights
    VMware Support Model
    Questions and Answers
    Please include any questions in the chat window to the presenter and host
  • 3. Softchoice at a Glance
    • 920 employees
    • 4. More than 100 pre-sales resources
    • 5. Traded on TSX Symbol: SO
    • 6. US$884 million in revenues (2010)*
    • 7. Top 4 VMware Reseller
    • 8. 45 Branch offices
    • 9. 15,000 North American Customers
    *Total Imputed Revenue of US$1. 874 billion
    **Computer Dealer News Magazine
  • 10. Understanding the Key Driver for Licensing Change
    Moore’s Law states the number of transistors will double every two years
    RAM moving forward will be a better indicator of the number of VMs running on a host
    Customers can now leverage advanced CPU capacity
  • 11. vSphere 5: License ChangesEdition Consolidation
    vSphere 4.x
    vSphere 5.0
    Enterprise Plus
    Enterprise Plus
    Essentials Plus
    Essentials Plus
  • 12. vSphere 5: License ChangesvRAM Pool Definition
    Atransferable, virtualization-based entitlement of RAM
    When a VM is powered on the vRAM configured for that virtual machine counts against the total vRAM
    vSphere 5.0-CPU license editions provide a certain vRAMcapacity
    vRAM Pool
    VMware vCenter Server
    vSphere Ent
    vSphere Ent
    Host A
    Host B
    vRAM ≠ physical RAM
  • 13. vSphere 5: License ChangesvRAM Entitlements by Edition
  • 14. vSphere 5: License ChangesExample Enterprise Configuration
    • No limit on the number of VMs
    • 15. Maximum memory allocated to the VMs is limited
    • 16. To see more vRAM than allowed in processor licenses:
    • 17. Add more processor licenses
    • 18. Upgrade Versions
    32GB vRAM
    32GB vRAM
    32GB vRAM
    32GB vRAM
  • 19. Comparing Versions
  • 20. vSphere 4: Staying PutDowngrade Rights and Support Model
    Only the vSphere 5 SKU will be available on the Q3 2011 release
    vSphere 5 licenses include the right to downgrade one version
    VMware supports two versions back so vSphere 4 support will be available
  • 21. In Summary
    Get an understanding of the amount of RAM you have allocated to VMs
    Leverage the free 60-day evaluation of vCenter Operations Manager to help gather the information
  • 22. Contact Softchoice
    Softchoice &VMware
    • Top 5 Reseller in North America
    • 23. VMware Authorized Consultant
    • 24. Softchoice on VMware Technical Advisory Board
    • 25. Certified in All VMware Solutions
    • 26. Licensing Expertise
    • 27. Dedicated Pre-Sales Expertise
    • 28. Assessment Services
  • 29. Top 10 Q&As from the webinar
  • 30. Q: How am I compliant with this licensing model? Is there a “hard stop” at my vRAM limit?
    A: To be compliant, allocated vRAMmust be equal to or less than the available pooled vRAM Entitlement. VMware vCenter Server will not impose a hard limit on consumed vRAM, but will provide alerts that consumed vRAM is approaching or has surpassed available pooled capacity.
    Q: If you are not RAM-constrained, is it possible to license fewer CPU's than you are using?
    A: No it’s required to license every single processor on your virtualized host.
    Top 10 Q&As
  • 31. Top 10 Q&As
    Q: Is there a cost saving upgrade path from V4 to V5?
    A: As long as you have active Support and Subscription (SnS) there is no cost to upgrade from version 4 to version 5. If you have expired SnS then you’ll need to get that current to upgrade.
    Q: Does powered off virtual machines count towards the vRAMtotal?
    A: No powered off VMs contribute their allocated vRAM back to the overall vRAM Entitlement Pool.
  • 32. Q: Is the new licensing model having RAM limit per processor or per core?
    A:In vSphere 5 there is no limit on the amount of cores per processor or the RAM a customer can install. So long as the processors are licensed and the customer stays within the vRAM Entitlement they are compliant.
    Q: Is vRAM counted on a per host basis, or is it the total of all vRAM across the whole cluster?
    A:The vRAM entitlements of vSphere CPU licenses are pooled—that is, aggregated—across all CPU licenses managed by a VMware vCenter instance (or multiple linked VMware vCenter instances) to form a total available vRAM capacity (pooled vRAM
    capacity). At any given point in time, the vRAM capacity consumed by all powered-on virtual machines within a pool must be equal or lower than the pooled vRAMcapacity.
    Top 10 Q&As
  • 33. Top 10 Q&As
    Q: What if I have multiple clusters?
    A: As long as the total consumed vRAMacross all virtual machines managed by a VMware vCenterinstanceor multiple linked VMware vCenter instances is less or
    equal to the total available vRAM, vSphere is correctly licensed.
    Q. How does this affect VMware View licensing?
    A: For VDI Implementations nothing changes for View.  It will still be licensed per concurrent user.  If you are using VMware for the hypervisor layer of another VDI solution, VMware has released a licensing model for vSphere for Desktops link can be found here:
  • 34. Top 10 Q&As
    Q. We are using vSphere 4 with advanced license. We can continue to use until upgrading to 5, where we will be entitled for Enterprise, correct?
    A: Correct, so long as you have active Support and Subscription you can upgrade to vSphere 5 Enterprise from vSphere 4 Advanced at no additional cost.
    Q: I read something about having to run ESXi with vSphere 5. Will I need to run ESXi or can I stay with my ESX installs?
    A: You’ve heard correctly. ESXi is the only hypervisor supported with vSphere 5.
  • 35. A Final Note
    If you would like to dig deeper into the changes and how they might affect your business , we recommend that your read Understanding the vSphere5 vRAM Licensing Model, from VMware .
    We received several very specific questions that are not outlined in this presentation. We would be glad to answer these questions in one-on-one meetings. Please contact us at to book an appointment and speak with one of our representatives.
    Thank You