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After Complaints, VMware Revises VSphere 5 Licensing 80

msmoriarty writes "Three weeks after IT shops began complaining loudly that the licensing changes with vSphere 5 would cost them significantly more, VMware has revised the requirements (although not as much as some users would like)."
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After Complaints, VMware Revises VSphere 5 Licensing

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 06, 2011 @10:13AM (#37007032)


    Yes, corporations try to to make as much money as they can. That's what they do.

  • by Courageous ( 228506 ) on Saturday August 06, 2011 @12:05PM (#37007836)

    It's worse than you say.

    It's not RAM they are licensing to you, it's vRAM, which means memory that you've allocated to the VM's, but may not be using. vRAM is calculated by summing up the allocated memory of each virtual machine. Which is to say, after spending years saying, "but our product is better than our competitors, because you can oversubscribe your memory," they have now said "gotcha!". This move was A) evil, as they told customers with fully paid up maintenance contracts "no, we won't honor the contract, you'll have to buy more product," and B) stupid, as the licensing model directly undermines one of VMware's principal advantages.


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