vTax just got slightly cheaper!

VMware recently announced the soon to be released vSphere 5.0 with a new licensing model.  One of the new changes is that licensing will be be restricted by the amount of allocated vRAM.  Some people are calling this vTax.

Now the good news!!  VMware have revised the strategy and made the amount of RAM to be licensed larger!  This is good news for us, the customer!

  • VMware vSphere 5 Essentials – was 8GB and now 32GB vRAM
  • VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Plus was 24 GB and now 32GB vRAM
  • VMware vSphere 5 Standard  was 24 GB and now 32 GB vRAM
  • VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise was 32GB and now 64GB vRAM
  • VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus was 48 GB and now 96GB vRAM

There are some small differences between the two main offerings (essentials and the regular packages).   The essentials package will have a limit of 32GB as stated above but will be enforced. i.e. you will not be able to use more.  If you run standard, enterprise or enterprise plus you will still have a limited amount of vRam but it will not be enforced.  Sounds good but best stay in line with what you’re aloud otherwise the first time you place a call with VMware they may frown because of the over allocation.

see the links for the full VMware documentation:

http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf
One last thing….. VMware View.  This also has a licence model change.  see more info at

http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2011/08/desktop-virtualization-with-vsphere-5-licensing-overview.html