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New Licensing: VMware vCloud Suite
vSphere 5.1 has been unveiled. vSphere 5.1 is a "bare-metal" hypervisor, meaning it installs directly on top of the physical server. Of course nothing new. One big change is killing it's vRam license model. Like VMware Sphere 4.x, VMware vSphere 5 is licensed on a per- processor basis again. Each physical processor (CPU) in a server needs to have a least one vSphere 5 processor license key assigned to be able to run vSphere. This model removes all restrictions on physical cores and physical RAM. And that is how it should be in my opinion. But besides that now it's interesting because there are other changes regarding licensing.
vCloud Suite 5.1 is also licensed on a per-processor basis. This is the same licensing basis used for vSphere 5.x Enterprise Plus, which is included in all editions of vCloud Suite. A vCloud Suite 5.1 edition license activates all components (e.g., vSphere Enterprise Plus, vCloud Director, etc.) included in that vCloud Suite edition. There are no restrictions on the number of virtual machines that can run on each properly licensed vCloud Suite processor. All virtual machines can use all suite components included in the licensed vCloud Suite edition.
What Is VMware vCloud Suite?
VMware vCloud Suite is an integrated solution for building and managing a complete cloud infrastructure. With vCloud Suite, VMware achieve the full benefits of a private or hybrid cloud, increased responsiveness, simplified operations and the best service-level agreements (SLAs) with a single package. vCloud Suite enables IT to rapidly provision vSphere servers on demand, enable provisioning of virtual machines and multitier applications within minutes, and expand the capacity available to business units both onsite and offsite.
vCloud Suite is available in three editions:
Standard – Get started with infrastructure as a service. Deliver software-defined datacenter services, including networking and security within virtual datacenters, and enable rapid, managed access to virtual resources. Costs $4,995/GBP 3,975/€4,495 per socket*.
Advanced – Intelligently manage your infrastructure- as-a-service cloud. Proactive, automated management of performance and capacity improve peace of mind. A highly available firewall and network load balancer deliver security and performance SLAs. Costs $7,495/GBP 5,975/€6,745 per socket*.
Enterprise – Build a complete and mature cloud for infrastructure as a service and rapid application provisioning. Enable control and accountability with configuration and chargeback management. Deliver availability SLAs for business- critical applications with disaster recovery. Offer quick and consistent on-demand provisioning of multi-tier applications. Costs $11,495/GBP 9,155/€10,350 per socket*.
*Prices do not include applicable sales tax and are subject to change.
The three vCloud Suites includes the following products:
• VMware vSphere
• VMware vCloud Networking and Security
• VMware vCloud Director and VMware vCloud Connector
• VMware vFabric Application Director
• VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite
• VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
How cool is this, customers of vSphere Enterprise Plus will be able to upgrade to VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 Standard for free! Or get everything you need for a mature IaaS cloud with vCloud Suite Enterprise for 35% off. But I am afraid that this is only for a short period. The vCloud Suite 5.1, together with vSphere 5.1. You can buy VMware vCloud Suite when it becomes available for sale in Q3 2012.