Virtualization costs licensing and support issues
- February 05, 2020
VMware moved its per-CPU licensing plan closer to competitors' per-core licensing plans by requiring one license for CPUs with 32 cores.
- March 10, 2017
For the first time in years, VMware increased prices for its certifications -- and IT pros aren't thrilled with how much more they'll have to pay for the VCDX certification, in particular.
- February 26, 2015
Virtualization creates the foundation of a software-defined data center, an arrangement by which all elements of an IT infrastructure are delivered as a service. This requires the virtualization of networks, storage and servers, a configuration ...
- February 26, 2015
With the rise of the software-defined data center and new hardware options that take advantage of virtualization, we're seeing another transformation in the way hardware is purchased.
- April 19, 2013
VMware customers can use the emergence of Hyper-V and other competitors to get better deals. If not, adopting these platforms is now a viable option.
- September 26, 2012
While Microsoft and VMware offer fixes to soothe unhappy users, Red Hat hopes to break into the storage market, and the virtualization industry has plenty to say.
- September 13, 2012
Twitter seems to be the IT admin’s venue of choice to vent virtualization frustrations about everything from vSphere and VMware View to Windows VMs.
- August 21, 2012
VMware experts cheer on reports from sources who say VMware will do away with its vRAM licensing at VMworld next week.
- July 31, 2012
New data center technology that disrupts the status quo can be unsettling. But embracing change makes yourself more marketable and can improve efficiency.
- June 19, 2012
Is cost savings on Hyper-V licenses enough to justify ripping and replacing the underpinnings of an entire VMware virtual infrastructure?
- June 19, 2012
Comparing vSphere and Hyper-V list prices to determine which is cheaper often doesn’t translate into real-world costs for organizations.
- June 19, 2012
They’re time-honored questions: Is Hyper-V cheaper than vSphere? Does vSphere still have more advanced features? The answers may surprise you.
- April 30, 2012
IT shops looking to recover costs should consider a chargeback or showback model. But these strategies are rife with political and technical hurdles.
- January 26, 2012
VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.0 gives customers advanced features, but the price tag has some customers eyeing less expensive options from VKernel and Microsoft.
- January 19, 2012
Microsoft may gain some ground against VMware this year. The company simplified System Center 2012 licensing and continues to support unlimited virtualization management per host.
- January 13, 2012
Security software giant McAfee is one of a growing number of enterprises running VMware vSphere, Hyper-V and XenServer together. Here’s how it manages multiple hypervisors.
- January 11, 2012
The new My VMware centralizes vSphere license management and support, possibly putting an end to VMware customer licensing problems.
- December 20, 2011
Part two of our top 10 server virtualization news stories of 2011 covers the release of VMware vSphere 5, the vSphere 5 licensing controversy and Linux support for Xen.
- October 18, 2011
The Nexus 1000V with VXLAN support is now out in beta, but Cisco officials say inter-data center VM mobility is not a day-one use case.
- October 12, 2011
Hypervisors are more technically capable than ever of taking on new workloads, but logistical issues like legacy apps, budget and time constraints still stand in the way of server consolidation.
- October 11, 2011
As the search for cost savings leads more VMware shops to Hyper-V and XenServer, IT pros learn that multi-hypervisor management is a tough nut to crack.
- August 23, 2011
Evaluating software often involves lengthy, complicated POC deployments. But virtual appliances can make the process faster and more effective.
- August 22, 2011
Flash storage can break I/O and latency bottlenecks that would otherwise hamper virtualizing high-performance applications.
- August 03, 2011
VMware has increased the vRAM licensing entitlements in its vSphere 5 licensing model. But some users hope the changes do not end there.
- August 01, 2011
Some IT pros can see the potential in abstracting applications from server operating systems. For now, the technology is just getting off the ground.
- July 29, 2011
With Oracle’s new Java 7 virtualization support policy, users fear they won’t be able to run the popular programming language -- or its apps -- on VMware or Hyper-V.
- July 27, 2011
Upping the memory limits per licensing level or shifting to pure vRAM licensing SKUs are popular suggestions for making the new vSphere 5 licensing model more palatable for users.
- July 25, 2011
The new VMware model may be odious, but there are ways to minimize the financial hit that vSphere 5 licenses will bring to some shops.
- July 22, 2011
Most users now realize that the new VMware vSphere 5 licensing model will be about the same price-wise, but it will affect how they use some beneficial features in vSphere.
- July 13, 2011
Some VMware users are up in arms about the new vSphere 5 licensing and pricing, which is based on the amount of memory assigned to VMs.
- June 24, 2011
Netuitive adds Hyper-V support; Syncsort offers 10 minute P2V through NetApp; Oracle releases Oracle VM for x86 version 2.2.2; HP adds VAAI support to entry-level disk array.
- June 17, 2011
If VMware buys it, will users come? The Digital Fuel acquisition will take time to sink in, especially for smaller shops that have already invested in chargeback tools.
- June 15, 2011
Free virtualization hypervisors can be tempting, but they often lack features, such as live migration and high availability, that really unlock the technology’s power.
- June 07, 2011
The mainline Linux kernel now supports Xen, but the KVM horse has left the barn, say experts.
- June 06, 2011
Aston University chose Embotics’ V-Commander over VMware vCloud Director because it was more affordable and easier to set up, and to avoid being locked in with VMware.
- May 20, 2011
Microsoft TechEd 2011 had more than its fair share of virtualization news, from Exchange support for VMware HA to Veeam’s support for Hyper-V.
- May 18, 2011
Now that Microsoft Hyper-V sports Dynamic Memory and Live Migration, cost comparison with VMware’s ESX has gotten even more compelling.
- May 04, 2011
Once again, Oracle’s licensing for VMware virtual environments has irked users. This time the roadblock concerns VMware’s latest features, DRS Host Affinity and CPU pinning.
- April 25, 2011
Experts say the release of VMware vCenter Operations means the race is on in the virtualization management market to deliver the most comprehensive products at the best price.
- April 18, 2011
This is your captain speaking: Successful strategies from the airline industry can work just as well in virtual infrastructures.
- March 17, 2011
VMware says its HA capability for virtual machines combined with Symantec’s AppHA allows users to make an end-run around Microsoft support policies.
- March 03, 2011
XenServer, Hyper-V and KVM users still await feature parity with VMware’s vSphere while others work through integration issues.
- January 17, 2011
VMware says only customers of one third-party product by Quest are affected by changes in PowerCLI version 4.1.x.
- January 06, 2011
Changes to VMware PowerCLI version 4.1.x break scripts written in earlier versions of the vSphere scripting language, users say, who also feel VMware did not give them adequate warning.
- November 17, 2010
Microsoft corporate bloggers say that VMware High Availability doesn't support database avilability groups in Exchange 2010. But virtualized Exchange users say the complaint is a marketing ploy.
- October 25, 2010
VMware's efforts to reach out to small and medium-sized businesses have borne fruit, says the company. But SMBs want more than just vMotion from a lower-cost licensing package.
- October 07, 2010
Good news: Virtualization is getting cheaper and easier. Bad news: It's hard to get budget approval, and IT pros don't always have the skills to support virtualization projects.
- October 05, 2010
SAP certifies XenServer; Orange has joined forces with the VCE Coalition to help businesses tap cloud computing; and other news in brief.
- September 09, 2010
Despite virtualization's benefits, there are still pockets of resistance in many organizations. The old way of doing things can derail your virtualization projects.
- July 28, 2010
Changes to VMware's Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) will give users greater control over account management and might bring bigger discounts for small and medium-sized shops.
- July 22, 2010
VMware claims that per-VM licensing will cut costs for customers. But some users are leery of VMware's new pricing-and-licensing scheme.
- June 07, 2010
Virtualizing applications brings many benefits, but few organizations are 100% virtualized. Why? Some ISVs won't support their software as virtual applications.
- April 15, 2010
IT shops can choose between two imperfect options when purchasing VMware's software: buying VMware directly or via third parties.
- December 23, 2009
VMware, Microsoft and Citrix all released new server virtualization products in 2009. Find out which became the biggest virtualization news story of the year.
- October 12, 2009
IT is encountering pain points with server virtualization adoption. Learn to demonstrate ROI, whether to move to virtual desktop infrastructure and how to deal with other issues.
- September 16, 2009
By tying licensing to physical hardware and other structures, Microsoft's licensing for server virtualization remains too restrictive.
- September 09, 2009
VMware, Microsoft et al. offer a free hypervisor. Now Vizioncore has joined the leagues of vendors that offer free virtualization management tools.
- July 24, 2009
With Microsoft Hyper-V R2 coming, investors wonder whether VMware customers will remain loyal to the pioneering virtualization vendor.
- July 20, 2009
Like any other x86 operating system, Google's forthcoming Chrome OS will run inside a VMware virtual machine.
- July 13, 2009
The VMware vCenter family now includes AppSpeed performance management, Chargeback, and Lab Manager 4.0.
- June 22, 2009
With Oracle VM 2.1.5, Oracle appears to stand firm in its commitment not to support its applications under VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer virtualization.
- June 12, 2009
VMware customers with Enterprise licenses will be caught between paying extra for vSphere 4 or downgrading to the less feature-rich Advanced edition.
- April 21, 2009
VMware tries to lure new customers to vSphere 4 with a greater diversity of bundles and some introductory upgrade packages.
- April 16, 2008
Citrix, VMware and others have pushed desktop virtualization, but users remain hesitant to deploy the technology given the upgrade requirements and cost.
- March 31, 2008
Citrix has simplified its XenServer pricing model so that users can deploy an unlimited number of virtual machines per server at a single price. Will the move place pressure on VMware to lower its pricing?
- December 18, 2007
When it comes to pricing, VMware acts like it's "the only one," says an enterprise customer. Oh, wait; it is the only one -- for now.
- October 18, 2007
VMware users are frustrated by Oracle's prohibitive licensing policies and finicky support for its applications running on virtual machines.
- September 24, 2007
At VMworld, VMware successfully debunked several nagging myths about virtualization, but glossed over experts' concerns about security.
- September 06, 2007
BEA Systems has changed its licensing model from per-CPU pricing to per-instance pricing for WebLogic Server Virtual Edition. Will other companies follow suit?
- June 28, 2007
Virtualization is being used in 25% of data centers today, but few software vendors have spelled out licensing policies for running their products in virtual machines.
- April 03, 2007
Microsoft's new Vista Enterprise license makes it legal – and cost-effective – to virtualize your desktops using VDI.
- October 04, 2006
Virtualization technology such as VMware Workstation features may prove invaluable to your software development process.