Looking at the new VMware vSphere vRAM pricing

Bryan Semple over at vKernel has published an excellent blog post discussing the pros and cons of VMware's latest change to vSphere licensing. With the introduction of vSphere 5, VMware is essentially keeping the per-socket licensing model, doing away with per-core licensing and adding vRAM entitlement. I like to call this vRAM tiered pricing because licensing is now tiered by the amount of vRAM you allott to VMs. I'm not too fond of the change, but if there is one thing that is constant about this industry it is that pricing models change as frequently as feature sets in new software.

In summary (of Bryan's article) "Last week we wrote about the new vRAM pricing model for vSphere 5 and the impact it would have on customers from a capacity management standpoint. Now, a week later, there has been some significant analysis by everyone thanks to all the blogging and tweeting about the subject. So what is the good, the bad and the ugly of the announcement with regards to capacity management?"

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