VMware has created a subscription service based on vSphere Standard, an edition of its flagship aimed primarily at server consolidation.
Selling for just $1,349 per year, vSphere Standard includes the virtualization, storage, networking, and DR tools needed to run a small fleet of hosts and virtual machines. However, it omits features and tools that drive hybrid clouds and their more complex networking and security needs.
Like every other software vendor, VMware is under pressure to move to subscriptions so it can more easily predict revenue and not have to upsell customers as often. vSphere adopters have also increasingly adopted—or self-managed—hybrid multi-clouds.
VMware responded to these circumstances by introducing vSphere+ – a subscription service for vSphere that adds a cloud console from which users can control their on-prem or cloud VMware environments.
Himanshu Singh, VMware’s director of product marketing for VMware’s cloud platform, wrote in a blog post Tuesday that vSphere+ is seeing great success and vSphere Standard users want to be a part of it.
Therefore, VMware now offers the vSphere+ Standard Edition – a subscription edition of the package with access to the cloud console.
The new product offers an attractive price offer: when users convert their 32-core perpetual licenses into subscriptions, they are offered 32 cloud cores for the price of 16. Clearly VMware wants you to sign up for this offer for years, because the first renewal will reset the price to the 32-core fee.
VMware does not disclose the price of vSphere+ – neither the Enterprise edition announced earlier this year nor the new Standard+ edition.
vSphere Standard is inexpensive, proven and widely used.
However, a subscription service can be attractive as it’s entirely possible for a VMware store to have multiple instances of it in many smaller offices.
A subscription that covers these offices and offers a single cloud console to manage them all could make life easier for many vAdmins.
We don’t know if it will work either. Since Broadcom announced its intention to acquire VMware, the virtualization giant hasn’t conducted conference calls where financial analysts question its executives – all we get is a press release and financial data.
However, vSphere+ Standard Edition is broadly in line with both VMware’s stated plans to introduce subscription editions of its products and Broadcom’s promise to move more customers to subscriptions. ®
https://www.theregister.com/2022/12/15/vsphere_plus_standard/ VMware offers server consolidation subs vSphere Cut • The Register