How VMware vSphere licensing changes could affect you

 In Cloud, Virtualization

It’s almost the end of the road for some VMware products. After June 30, organizations will be unable to purchase licenses for three VMware offerings:

  • vSphere Enterprise
  • vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) Standard
  • vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) Enterprise

Though your organization can’t purchase new licenses for these products after that date, you do have several options moving forward. Let’s review.


Enterprise Plus vs. Standard

Starting July 1, organizations looking for a virtualization solution must purchase the higher tiered edition (Enterprise Plus) of vSphere Enterprise to maintain their environment. Standard is still an option, as is remaining on Enterprise while adding Enterprise Plus for new hosts, but both could introduce support and configuration challenges. To better understand the differences between vSphere Enterprise Plus and Standard, contact your SHI account executive.

VMware vSphere Features

SHI customers have the benefit of upgrading current licenses at a special, promotional rate until Dec. 26, 2016. So organizations have choices to make as they plan for the future.

Discontinued but not obsolete

The end-of-support date for vSphere Enterprise and vSOM Enterprise is March 12, 2020. Existing vSOM Standard customers will be entitled to vSphere Standard and vRealize Operations Standard at no additional cost.

What will change is that after June 30, customers on vSOM Standard will have to purchase vSphere Standard on a per CPU basis and vRealize Operations Manager Standard on a per VM basis.

If you have any questions about end-of-life challenges or want to know more about these VMware promotions, reach out to your SHI account executive or contact us here.

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