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Friday, July 16, 2010
VSPHERE 4.1 LICENSING CHANGES
One interesting item I picked up on fromthis blogyesterday on the release of vSphere 4.1 is the start of VMware moving to a per-VM licensing structure. At that blog is was announced VMware vCenter Chargeback, VMware vCenter SRM (Site Recovery Manager), VMware vCenter Capacity-IQ, VMware vCenter AppSpeed would be switching to the new per-VM licensing structure.
It's interesting as recently I was having a conversation about this with an anonymous person inside VMware and it is obvious a change is needed with the Cores from Intel and AMD just continuing to increase. This newer model can help save money on some solutions bringing down the cost of virtualization. It allows you to pay for what your managing and not basing pricing on the physical hardware. in other ways it can help because some products had to be licensed for an entire cluster instead of just the number of virtual machines you needed to deal with.
I have learned the licensing changes will take place in September for these products but you will have until December to continue licensing like you have been or switch to the new method.
Another nice change...the standard edition now includes vmotion!
I am a Virtualization Architect for Novant Health, with 25 years of IT experience, and for the last 15 years I have had a dedicated focus on our Virtual infrastructure and strategy. I am a VCP2, VCP3, VCP4, and VCP550. Novant Health is a integrated system of 15 medical centers, 1,123 doctors in 343 clinical locations serving 3.5 million people throughout NC, SC, Virginia, and Georgia with 24,400 employees. We have a large and very successful Epic EHR implementation. I have been with Novant Health for 25 years. I was a featured speaker at the first annual NC/SC VMware Summit Event in 2008. I have been a speaker at several VMUG events in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC. I have been invited to blog for Virtualiziation Review and join VMware's Cloud Team. The past two years I have actively participated with a Healthcare Virtualization Community program ran by VMware that connected all VMware Healthcare customers on the east coast via Socialcast and monthly meetings geared towards sharing knowledge and best practice to help each other be more successful for our patients!