Thanks to Kristian Nese for the tweet/heads up. There’s a thread on VMware’s forums that is currently at 49 pages of VMware customers ranting about the eventual huge price increase.
I did have someone criticise my pricing of VMware in my last post on the subject. I chose 4 copies of vSphere 5 Enterprise Plus to license a 2 CPU server with 192 GB RAM, costing $13,980 to license your virtualisation for that hardware. The criticism was that I should have used 8 copies of vSphere 5 Standard instead. That’s kind of tough to do. Microsoft and VMware mix and match features differently. For example DRS. VMware put it in their vSphere package. Hyper-V does not have DRS but SCVMM 2012 provides it under a different name. You’ll also find the same is true of Distributed Power Management. My previous comparison included System Center Management Suite, which by the way provides upgrade rights (like a built-in software assurance). vSphere 5 Standard does not include DRS or Distributed Power Management.
Many VMware folks fail to remember that ESXi = Hyper-V, vSphere = Hyper-V + System Center (but the MSFT option is cheaper to buy and own). Hyper-V + System Center is much more than vSphere Standard.
Anyway, to keep people happy … a copy of vSphere Standard costs $995:
|Virtualisation||Free||8 * vSphere 5 Standard Plus $7,960||Hyper-V is included in Windows licensing so it’s free. The Microsoft option is already $7,960 ahead.|
|Windows for unlimited VMs||
2 * Windows Server DC
2 * Windows Server DC
|This applies to anyone on any virtualisation platform.|
System Center Management Suite DC
vCenter Operations (25 VM pack) * 2
|Not a good comparison: MSFT option includes licensing to use all of Microsoft’s System Center products and it’s still around 1/3 cheaper!|
|Total||$11,238||$21,522||Now the MSFT option is only 52% of the cost of the VMware option, but thanks to System Center 2012, MSFT has some of those “critical” virtualisation features like power optimisation and DRS not in this vSphere 5 option.|
To be fair, one could monitor that VMware server and it’s VMs using System Center Operations Manager. Given the density, a SMSD license (as in the VMware option) could be used to limit costs. However, a 3rd party management pack from Veeam (which looks excellent) or Quest (which I have not seen) would have to be purchased to enable VMware virtualisation monitoring. Then you could dump vCenter Operations. I reckon that would cost around $6,200 (including 3rd party management pack), saving around $1,300 from the VMware column.
I got a very interesting email overnight. The author (thanks by the way) said:
Renata Budko, vp marketing at HyTrust: “With vSphere 5.0 new licensing model, VMware is trying to capture a larger portion of the value, particularly from the customers who are reaping the benefits of virtualization with aggressive consolidation ratios of 10:1 or higher. The new model will put more emphasis on right-sizing the virtual machines and just in time provisioning.”
So here’s the message:
- VMware are doing you a favour by increasing the cost of virtualisation. It reinforces the value of their product. I’m filing that under "Things that make you go hmmm”.
- VMware are helping you “right-size” your virtualisation hosts by punishing you for “over speccing” your hosts. That’s so generous of them! I’m sure the plan wasn’t to hurt your budget and improve their bottom line. Not at all.
I’ve also read/heard that VMware aren’t concerned about their customers switching to Hyper-V. Maybe they should read that 49 page thread. I talked to a few people over the last few days in the VMware market and it sure got them concerned.
Let me finish by saying (again) that VMware do make a great virtualisation product. I just happen to believe that’s where they stop being great. Saying you have superior management is easy. But when your alleged superiority is a virtualisation layer product and a 1990’s style framework of recently acquired products then you’re really stretching it.
Businesses don’t care all that much about virtualisation. They care about line of business applications that enable operations and profit generation. That’s why we have all this talk about cloud and consumerisation of IT. Some little strip of software is of little interest to a CIO/CEO. But managing that CRM or web sales application, ensuring SLA, rapid provision and flexibility are. And it’s that layer that Microsoft has everyone beat. And that’s why I got into Hyper-V back in 2008.