ESXi Licensing - what is needed to manage via vCenter?
Posted on 2010-08-24
Seems to be a lot of confusion over vsphere licensing and I really wish they would simplify it. I've seen the license matrix, but have been told different things by different vendors. I work in an environment that manages both production and numerous independent development departments. These development departments typically only need a single beefy ESXi server with internal storage, but we want to manage that server via vCenter to give us a single pane of management into the entire vmware environment. Considering that these are separate entities using only a single server with internal storage and no need for advanced features, what is the lowest level of vsphere license that they need to purchase to have their system managed via vcenter?