vmware license model

Hi Experts,

I have some sites in my company.
Each site has some servers and I could use VMWARE Essentials Plus as virtualization platform.
Or is it better and cheaper to buy a full VMWARE Enterprise version ?
can you show me the VMWARE License Model ?
And how much is the price nearly per host ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
this document is the licensing bible

VMware vSphere with Operations Management and VMware vSphere Licensing, Pricing and Packaging

VMware vSphere Essentials Plus (is a small business edition), you get licenses for 3 x 2 CPU ESXi Host Server Licenses, and a vCenter Server License.

It cannot be expanded, it cannot be upgraded (unless you speak to Account Manager, and they offer you a deal) but officially it cannot be upgraded or added to.

and the vCenter Server edition cannot operate in linked mode to another vCenter Server.

otherwise vSphere is available in Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions... with vCenter Server standard. (but this is more expensive).

It depends on your plans, and what you need to do and manage.

e.g. if you wanted a single vCenter Server Standard, mananging all your Hosts, from a single vCenter Server, you would need Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus or all hosts.

Maybe you need to list what requirements you have.

Costs are available on the VMware Site.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
This is my scenario.
In our company we got 3 new locations, bigger locations.
Now I have 3x vmware Essential Plus Version.

Site 1 has 3 hosts and VMWARE ESSENTIALS PLUS
Site 2 has 2 hosts and VMWARE ESSENTIALS PLUS, 3rd host is planned next year
Site 3 has 2 hosts and VMWARE ESSENTIALS PLUS, 3rd host is planned next year
Site 4 has 2 hosts and VMWARE ESSENTIALS PLUS, 3rd host is planned next year

I wonder if its better to manage all from one vcenter ?
What do you recommend in this case ?
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
all sites are connected over MPLS
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would manage from one single vCenter Server, but the costs of VMware Licenses will increase.

You could consider Remote Office version of VMware vSphere, see the Licensing Guide, if it's suitable, as it;s licensed by VM.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok when I go for Remote Office version, I can use 25 VM´s in this remote office.
This is enough.

But a vcenter is not included, right ?
It means I need minimum a vSphere STD license to manage unlimited hosts right ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
But a vcenter is not included, right ?

This is correct. and vCenter Server Foundation can only manage 3 hosts, so you will need to use vCenter Server Standard.

This is a cheaper license solution, than vCenter Server Standard and Standard Licenses for all your hosts, but you are constrained by VMs per host.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok for my datacenter I will go for a vSphere STD license, so I have unlimited VMs and for my sites I go for remote office licenses. 25 VMs for the remote site are enough.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, that will work.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
how do I have to count the REMOTE OFFICE licenses ?
does it depend on hosts too ?
Lets say I have two hosts on my remote site.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's purchased by VMs only in packs of 25, so you can have many hosts.

But only 1 Pack per Site (e.g. max 25 VMs)
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
ok I see, then our sales man made a mistake :-)

But can I also manage the hosts with my vcenter ?
Do I have to count here the hosts for the VMWARE STANDARD license ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
vCenter Server standard can manage 1000 hosts!

yes, all these hosts can be managed by vCenter Server.

Remote Office license was developed specifically for organisation with many offices, many hosts, but limited by VMs, managed by a single vCenter Server.
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
so, a host in a remote office can be added easily to my vcenter Standard, right ?
just for non remote office hosts I have to buy extra licenses per cpu , right ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
so, a host in a remote office can be added easily to my vcenter Standard, right ?

Yes, provided that there is sufficient communication and bandwidth between vCenter Server and Host.

just for non remote office hosts I have to buy extra licenses per cpu , right ?

vSphere ESXi licenses are sold on a per socket basis, so yes.
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