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Hi Experts,

I am new to Virtualization and I am littlebit confused with the VMware Licensing options.

I have 3 servers with one CPU per server and yes seems like the Essentials Plus is a
good choise for my size.

The question is: What are the plus/cons of Essentials Plus compared to Standard Version because
the price is almost equal.

PS: please don't just point a link of vmware's site with the comparison table, will not help.

Thanks in Advance,
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Essentials Plus is a Starter License, it cannot be expanded, so therefore, Essentials Plus, contains licenses for the following:-

3 x 2 CPU Licenses for VMware vSphere (ESXi) for Host Servers
1 x License for VMware vCenter Server (management server for the above hosts).

The VMware vCenter Server in the essentials bundle CAN ONLY manage a maximum of three hosts.

Essentials cannot be upgraded to any other version of vSphere, e.g. Standard, Enterprise or Enterprise Plus, you would have to purchase complete new licenses.

So you need to think about the future, will you stick at 3, or expand beyond three hosts!

A Standard Version of VMware vSphere is a license for a single CPU on a Host.

So if you went the Standard Route, you would need

3 x VMware vSphere Standard (licensed per CPU).
1 x vCenter Server (foundation max of 3 hosts) or vCenter Server Standard (no limit!).

So if you added another CPU per host, you would need to purchase another

3 x VMware vSphere Standard.

Essentials Plus is licensed for 6 CPUs!
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by:mamelas
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Dear Andrew,

Thank you for your prompt and indetail reply.

As far as I know you can upgrade the License without the need of reinstalling but
you will have to pay the initial price of Standard version. Correct?

The Licensing from Hardware side is answered. What about the features that I will
loose if I choose the one or the other??
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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As far as I know you can upgrade the License without the need of reinstalling but
you will have to pay the initial price of Standard version. Correct?

Well almost, it's true, it's just a change of license key, not re-installation required.

Second part....to convert from Essentials Plus to Standard and vCenter Server is costly...

Features are the same in Standard and Essentials Plus.

These are all in GBP.

VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Kit £3333.48 with 1 Year basic Support and Subscription.
 (this includes 6 CPU Host Licenses and vCenter Server license)

the equivalent for VMware vSphere Standard (6) and vCenter Server

VMware vSphere Standard -  £ 6059.82 with 1 Year basic Support and Subscription.
vCenter Server License - £4810.63 with 1 Year basic Support and Subscription.

Total - £10870.45

VMware vSphere Essentials Plus (6CPU) and vCenter Server inclusive - £3333.48

VMware vSphere Standard (6CPU) and  vCenter Server -  £10870.45

Not the same price, Essentials CANNOT be expanded, or upgraded, so if you want to add an extra fourth host, you will have to bin your licenses, and pay again! plus additional license for host!

So, you need to think if you are going to expand, beyond three hosts!
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So now it makes sense!

I did not know that you have to purchase license+support for vCenter.
I assumed that the vCenter was included in vSphere's Standard Price.

In such case the price is much higher but you still have the ability to
add hosts.

Thank you for make things clear.

Brgrds,
Mamelas
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No problems.
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