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Server Virtualization Buyer's Guide -- VMware vCloud and Pricing Details Page 2

By Paul Rubens (Send Email)
Posted September 7, 2011


VMware vCloud

The vCloud family of products and services is VMware's solution for extending a virtualized data center based on vSphere and vCenter Server to provide private cloud capabilities including self-service application catalogs, virtual data centers and the ability to move applications running in the private cloud to and from a public cloud to create a hybrid cloud environment.

The vCloud family includes:

  • vCloud Director - the key component of the VMware cloud platform, managing the entire cloud infrastructure and enabling catalog-based service delivery
  • vCloud Request Manager - adding approval workflows to provisioning requests, automatically tracking software license usage and enforcing standardized settings for efficient cloud governance and asset management
  • vCenter Chargeback - providing metering to enable chargeback or "showback" for resource usage to help ensure cloud applications make financial sense
  • vCloud Connector - allowing VMs running in the public cloud to be managed through vCenter

Other VMware Products

VMware has numerous other products including:

  • vShield, a virtualization security product family for the vSphere platform
  • vFabric, a cloud application platform product family
  • ThinApp, for application virtualization
  • Desktop virtualization products, such as VMware workstation

vSphere and vCenter Server pricing

All prices are in U.S. dollars for the United States and do not include any applicable taxes.

vSphere 5

VMware vSphere 5 Essentials
Kit for 3 hosts (max 2 processors per host) and 192GB vRAM
License: $495 Support $65 +$299 per incident

VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Plus
Kit for 3 hosts (max 2 processors per host) and 192GB vRAM
License: $4,495 Support $944 Basic, $1,124 Production

VMware vSphere 5 Standard
For 1 processor (with 32 GB vRAM entitlement) and up to 8-way SMP
License $995 Support $273 Basic, $323 Production

VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise
For 1 processor (with 64 GB vRAM entitlement) and up to 8-way SMP
License $2,875 Support $604 Basic, $719 Production

VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus
For 1 processor (with 96 GB vRAM entitlement) and up to 32-way SMP
License $3,495 Support $734 Basic, $874 Production

Licenses entitle the free use of an unlimited number of VMs running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware, with a free subscription to updates and patches.

vShpere 5 Licensing Explained

vRAM is defined as the memory configured to a virtual machine. vRAM entitlements can be pooled across all CPU licenses managed by a vCenter instance (or multiple linked vCenter instances) to form total pooled vRAM capacity.

When a VM is powered on, the vRAM configured to that virtual machine counts against the pooled vRAM capacity up to a maximum of 96GB (i.e., a VM with 128GB of configured vRAM will only use 96GB from the pooled vRAM capacity).

vRAM capacity can be monitored in the licensing management module of vCenter Server, and additional vRAM entitlements can be acquired by purchasing additional vSphere licenses for the same edition, or upgrading all CPU licenses to an edition with a higher vRAM entitlement.

vCenter Server

VMware vCenter Server 5 Foundation for vSphere
Up to 3 hosts (per instance)
License: $1,495, Support $545 Basic, $645 Production

VMware vCenter Server 5 Standard for vSphere 5
Per instance
License: $4,995, Support $1,049 Basic, $1,249 Production

Paul Rubens is a journalist based in Marlow on Thames, England. He has been programming, tinkering and generally sitting in front of computer screens since his first encounter with a DEC PDP-11 in 1979.

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