vSphere 5.X licensing – UPDATE

I’m on the way to speed up on vSphere 5.1 (features, licensing, pricing etc) and I just find out that vRAM entitlement in licensing is GONE for both vSphere 5 and vSphere 5.1 . What does it mean ? It means that licensing is back to the roots 🙂 – license per socket which is fantastic news. Well done VMware.

The new vSphere licensing model for both vSphere 5.0 and 5.1,
continues to be based on processor licenses. It eliminates the
restrictive physical entitlements of CPU cores and physical RAM
per server and has no limitation on the number of VMs or amount
of virtual memory (vRAM) on each licensed processor.

vSphere 5.1 license comparison

[box type=”info”] Source: VMware compare vSphere 5.1 editions [/box]

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur has been in IT industry since 1999 and consulting since 2008. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

  • The document you point to still shows the old vRAM requirement ?

    • artur_ka

      Thanks Richard for pointing this out, now link points to vSphere 5.1 license comparison online document.