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VMware abandons CPU based licensing model

With the release of vSphere 4.1, VMware has released a new licensing model.

The management products below change from a CPU-based pricing model to one that is VM-based.

  • VMware vCenter CapacityIQ;
  • VMware vCenter AppSpeed;
  • VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager;
  • VMware vCenter Chargeback.

Until December 15th these product can be offered both ways, CPU-, or VM-based.

As of today VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager is end-of-sale.

This new licensing model has no impact on VMware vSphere licensing!

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Erik Scholten is the founder of VMGuru and works as a Specialist SE for SDDC at VMware Benelux (per 1/1/2015). He has over 17 years experience as a system/network engineer, consultant and Solution Architect and he specializes in virtualization. His current job includes selling, presenting, designing and developing virtual infrastructures for some major companies in the Netherlands. Erik is a certified VMware VCP (3, 4, 5), VCP Desktop (5), VSP (3, 4, 5) and VTSP (3, 4, 5). In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 VMware awarded him the vExpert award for his virtualization community efforts. In 2014 Cisco also recognized him as a Cisco Champion .

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  • VM_Guest

    The author states that VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager is end-of-sale. This is incorrect. VMware Lifecycle Manager continues to be available for sale, but it is not moving to the Per VM model.

  • http://www.vmguru.nl Erik Scholten

    This information comes from a reliable VMware source. I have no reason (yet) to doubt the vCenter Lifecycle Manger statement.

  • Dzook

    I wish articles would include the year in their comments. Until December 15, hmmm, what year??? Was this article written prior to 12/15/2010, or prior to 12/15/2009, or prior to 12/15/2001. I’ll assume they mean 12/15/2010. Please, include the year so when your article gets read a year or two later it makes sense.

  • Erik Scholten

    Quote ‘This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010′
    So, I assume 2010 is the correct year. Next time I will include the year for you.