VMware has unveiled the latest version of its vSphere hypervisor – vSphere 5 – along with a suite of additional technologies for building what the world insists on calling "infrastructure clouds". The Cloud Infrastructure Suite includes new versions of the company's vShield security platform; its vCenter Site Recovery Manager, …
So they've basically made it more expensive.. Instead of buying 2 processor licenses, you now have to buy 2 processor licenses plus more to cover any extra memory you have. And the license is slightly more expensive, by my calculations from Google shopping. Nice!
Are VMWare trying to go for the big boys only? What about the huge pool of small and medium size companies?
But a genuine well done on the limit increase - 1Tb of memory in a virtual machine, cripes! I'd love to see the host that runs on..
vsphere 4 has been licensed based on memory and cpu as well. e.g. if you go beyond 256GB you are required to get enterprise plus, if you want more than 6 cpu cores per socket you need at least advanced or enterprise plus.
looks like the new version is based on # of cpus and memory per VM as opposed to host limits, that is a positive change.
How is it a positive change, its only positive if you have very small systems running. take a 2 socket 8 core per socket server, with 512GB ram, before, covered with 2 enterprise plus licenses, now to keep running the same thing it needs 11 of them, but then thats just to cover the memory you have, not the actual amount you assign (over commiting) it isnt based on the amount of RAM in the servers, its how much you assign, and thats assign, not thats in use, so you say over commit 25%, thats now 14 licenses needed for what was only 2.
This doesnt only apply to enterprise plus, it applies to all the others too, their limit was 256GB, so now for them its 6 licenses to get the same memory limit (not taking into account of over commiting), and the free ESXi is now useless, 8GB. Its a joke.
Forgot to add
You dont need to go up to enterprise / plus to get more than 6 cores per socket, you just buy another license, add it, and it will see the additional cores, so again, its not cheaper or better, processing power isnt a limiting factor in virtualisation, if you need processing power for you app, you dont virtualise it, RAM is the limiting factor, they know it, thats why they are doing it, to get more money out of the same thing.