Customer of mine was running vSphere with Enterprise licenses and wanted to extend his environment with vCloud Director. Since the minimal requirement for vCloud Director 5.1 is a vSphere Enteprise license, we did some checking on what features would be left out when using just an Enterprise license instead of Enterprise Plus. The environment is […]
vSphere 5 licensing with vRAM isn’t that bad at all
I bet you all heard about the big news yesterday where VMware announced vSphere 5. Despite a lot of applauding for the great new features, there also a lot of noise on twitter about the new licensing for vSphere. VMware has decided to move to vRAM licensing without any maximums on the amount of RAM […]
Licensing virtual machines: Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter edition?
Licensing remains a difficult problem in today’s virtual infrastructure. Some things are easy to understand and some are not. After visiting a session on Microsoft licensing one day, I heard a number of new things that I wanted to share with you. I will give you a few definitions used in Microsoft licensing and a […]
Smarter Microsoft licensing can reduce VMware environment costs
If you consolidated physical servers with virtualization, you probably did so to reduce the costs of maintaining many physical servers — namely power and cooling, rack space, support contracts, physical hardware and so on.As a consultant, I often work with clients who have embarked on large server consolidation projects, migrated many physical hosts to virtual […]