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I'm having trouble online finding out how much per CPU licensing costs. If you buy vSphere Standard how much is the per CPU licensing? What are the prices? Second question: What are the vSphere host licensing costs? Third question: With just the free ESXi Hypervisor- do you have to license those CPUs and hosts? Are all the ala cart CPU and host licensing prices the same no matter what?
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If you only have 1-3 hosts and you do not think you are going to get more in the near future I would get VMware Essentials. It is about $500-$600 You get 3 host (2cpu ea) and vCentet.

There is only one price that is per CPU Host. So if you host has two CPUs you need two LIC. It does not matter ow many virtual machines you have on them.
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If I was compelled to not get one of the essentials packs- where would I find the processor based pricing?
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http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/pricing.html

Scroll down to VMware vSphere Editions
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Not looking for edition pricing- that's readily available on the web. Looking for CPU and host licensing costs. Not the ones that are included in bundles. The ala cart per processor costs. If I had vSphere Standard- what would I per CPU for licensing? If I only had the free Hypervisor ESXi- what would I pay per CPU for licencing (may not be a cost involved with the free Hypervisor.) This tells me that licensing is done on a per processor basis on page 4: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/vsphere_pricing.pdf and I know the answer is probably in here somewhere, but I can't find it: http://www.vmware.com/support/support-resources/licensing
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VMware vSphere Standard per 1 CPU - Approx $1800 per CPU
Basic 1 Year Subscription

VMware vSphere HYpervisor - FREE - just need to register for a license.

You are correct VMware vSphere is based on socket licenses.

you will also may need VMware vSphere vCenter Server, which is not based on sockets, for the management server.
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The link I gave you is what you need. See the screen shot.
http://www.vmware.com/products/vsphere/pricing.html
The red outlines are the items you need. For Example if you had a host (physical machine) with 2 CPU's you would need QTY 2 x 995.00 + 2 x 273 (Basic) your total would be $2536.00 This is list price.
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You can see why the VMware Essentials is such a great deal for small organizations. 3 Hosts 2 CPU each and vCenter.
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Be Careful with VMware Essentials bundles, because you cannot upgrade them, and you are limited to 3 hosts, forever!
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