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Few weeks ago I wrote about the new vSphere 5 licensing.  Well it appears it has changed for the better.  I think this will help some people swallow the pill to upgrade to vSphere 5.

If you're not familiar with the new vSphere 5 licensing system you can read about it Here.

VMware has decided to up the memory count for each license in the vRAM Entitlement.

Here was the original vRAM entitlement for each type of VMware license.

  • Standard - 24GB
  • Enterprise - 32GB
  • Enterprise Plus - 48GB

Now they changed the vRAM counts to:

  • Standard - 32GB
  • Enterprise - 64GB
  • Enterprise Plus - 96GB
More information can be found on the vmware blog Here.


vSphere 5 was announced yesterday (7/12/11), naturally I started reading about what has changed.  Really there aren’t many new features, nothing that would really make you want to upgrade if you have an existing environment.  The new list of features can be found HERE.  Here a short list of a few of the new features:

  • ESXi only for thinner footprint (does nothing for customers already running on ESXi)
  • New Virtual Machine hardware version 8
    • VM8 supports 3d graphics for windows Aero & USB 3.0 Devices
  • Support for Apple Xserve servers running OS X Server 10.6 (Snow Leopard) as a guest operating system
  • Larger Guest VMs with up to 32 vCPUs and 1TB of RAM.
  • VMware vCenter Server can now run as a Linux based appliance
  • vMotion over higher latency networks is now supported (What does this really mean, I have no idea.  It’s a very vague statement)
  • vSphere Auto Deploy - I believe this is a replacement product for Update Manager?  I thought Update Manager worked well, not sure this was really needed.
I’d like to mention that I see no real compelling reason to upgrade to vSphere 5 right now with no big new feature being added.

Now, that we’ve gotten some of the newer features out of the way let’s talk about the biggest thing that has changed which is licensing.  I am extremely unhappy with the way VMware decided to alter licensing.   If you’re not really familiar with how licensing in vSphere 4 worked, here’s a simple breakdown.  It was based on the number of physical CPUs in the ESX/ESXi host and each license per CPU had a limit to number of cores per CPU.

vSphere 5 has taken away the limit to number CPU cores but they have restricted the RAM count per CPU license.  The RAM count is different to each type of license, here is the breakdown:

  • Standard - 24 GBs of RAM
  • Enterprise - 32 GBs of RAM
  • Enterprise Plus = 48 GBs of RAM
In my current production environment our ESXi hosts are 4 physical CPU with 512GBs of ram in each server.  I only needed 4 licenses per host.  With the new RAM entitlement I will need 11 Enterprise Plus licenses for each ESXi host.  With VMware increasing the amount of memory that can go into a Guest VM to 1TB, it would be so expensive to build a guest VM with that much memory!
   
I will be discussing this with my VMware sales rep in greater detail but if everything I’ve read is indeed correct; VMware is going down a very slippery slope.  Citrix XenServer, anyone?

You can read in great detail about the licensing HERE


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This blog's birthday is 7/1/11.  Here you will find IT technical documentation and also views on IT from an enterprise business perspective.

The blog is mostly for myself as of way of archiving cool tips and tricks I pickup long the way.  However, I hope anything I post can benefit other IT professionals in their own projects.  Eventually you will find things here that are related to many different infrastructure/products including (but not only) VMware, Citrix, EMC, Microsoft Windows, SQL, & Powershell.

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My name is Jody Wong. I'm an experienced IT professional.  I currently reside in Houston, TX.  I currently work for Gunvor USA.  Gunvor is a financial (commodities trading) company.  I've been working in the IT field for about 15 years now. I try to keep a broad IT skillset.  You can contact me on my Linked In profile below if needed.  I'm open to new ventures, expertise requests, getting in touch & new opportunities.

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I hold the following professional IT Certifications:

ITIL - IT Information Library V3 Foundation for Service Management

VCP - VMware Certified Professional VMware Infrastructure 3

VCP - VMware Certified Professional vSphere 4

VCP - VMware Certified Professional vSphere 5

VCP - VMware Certified Professional 6 Data Center Virtualization

VCP - VMware Certified Professional 5 on VMware View

CCA - Citrix Certified Adminstrator PS4, XenApp 5 on 2K8, & XenApp 6.5

CCA - Citrix Certified Administrator Provisioning Server 5

CCA - Citrix Certified Administrator XenDesktop 5

MCITP Windows Server 2008 Administrator

MCTS Windows Server 2008 Active Directory

MCTS Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

MCP - Microsoft Certified Professional WindowsXP & Server 2003

CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate

CCENT - Cisco Certified Entry Network Tech

NET+ - CompTIA Network+

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