Short-Take: vSphere vCloud Suite – Cheat SheetAugust 27, 2012
VMworld 2012 Announcements
VMware announces a new product package based on vCloud Director and vSphere Enterprise Plus called vCloud Suite. Existing users of vSphere Enterprise Plus (with valid SnS as of 8/27/2012) – including Academic and Federal users – may qualify for a “free” upgrade (actually $1/CPU) to “Standard” edition of vCloud Suite. Likewise, users with valid SnS and vSphere Enterprise (not Plus) qualify for a reduced cost upgrade to vCloud Suite Standard at $682/CPU.
Qualifying users have until December 15, 2012 to complete the transaction. Upgrades to other editions of vCloud Suite from Enterprise and Enterprise Plus are available as well – at additional cost per CPU.
vCloud Suite Cheat Sheet
Summary of new vCloud Suite offering and tiers (including links):
|Virtualization||VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition™||*||*||*|
|Cloud Infrastructure||vCloud Director and vCloud Connector||*||*||*|
|Standard vCloud Networking and Security||*||*||*|
|Advanced vCloud Networking and Security||*||*|
|vCenter Site Recovery Manager Enterprise||*|
|Operations Management||vCenter Operations Management Suite||vCOps Advanced||vCOps Enterprise|
|VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager™||*|
|VMware vCenter Configuration Manager™||*|
|VMware vCenter Infrastructure Navigator™||*|
|vFabric Application Director||*|
|Licensing||Per CPU, Enterprise Plus basis||$4,995.00||$7,495.00||$11,495.00|
|Support||Basic: Per CPU, Per Year||$1,049.00||$1,574.00||$2,414.00|
|Production: Per CPU, Per Year||$1,249.00||$1,874.00||$2,874.00|
Per-VM Pricing All But Gone
The introduction of vCloud Suite side-steps the vCloud Director per-VM licensing model and allows private cloud to scale based on the more predictable per-CPU infrastructure metric. Public cloud service providers will still be interested in per-VM foot prints and billing structures, but at least private cloud can be unshackled from the confines of per-VM vCD and vRAM issues; which segways nicely into the next tidbit…
In Other News…
VMware effectively kills vRAM by including “unlimited” vRAM entitlements in all editions of vSphere.
SMB’s may be pleased to note that VMware also now includes the vSphere Storate Appliance with all acceleration kits except vSphere Essentials at no additional cost (versus vSphere 5.0 kits). This is especially good for ROBO operations using Essentials Plus. The standalone cost for vSphere Storage Appliance is now $3,495.