I need help buying VMware ESXi for use with approx. 50 VMs

I am in a school environment.  I want to buy a VMware server for use with approximately 50 VMs.

In a previous question, I explored the kind of server that I need.  Now I need to know the cost of the VMware licensing.  (Our school board can access the Microsoft licensing free of charge to me, so I can leave aside that question for now.)

Server:  HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen9, Xeon E5-2640 v4 2.4 GHz, 240 GB RAM, 12.6 TB HD (7 * 1.8 TB)

Question:  What do I need to purchase in terms of VMware ESXi licensing?  The processor has 10 cores.

I'm also interested in websites that promote and have ideas about the use of virtualization in educational environments.  Maybe that's a separate question.

Thank you.
Dwight BaerStudentAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It comes down to what features you want, a starter edition e.g. VMware Essentials, with gives you a 2 CPU license for 3 hosts and vCenter Server is approx $700.

VMware vSphere is licensed per CPU in the host not cores.

If you only have a single server and no SAN, I would start out with VMware vSphere Essentials, and work out if you require 1 year or 3 year support!

Is it 50 VMs for that single server ?

You will want to look at VMware Education or contact a VMware Education Specialist Partner!
Dwight BaerStudentAuthor Commented:
Thanks for replying, Mr. Hancock.  We've interacted a few times over the years.

I re-read your responses to my previous question at https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29054621/I-need-help-configuring-a-VMware-server-for-100-VMs.html

I know you think I need multiple hosts.  So ... we have $25,000 to spend.  The HP quote, without VMware licensing, is $18,000.  The Dell quote is ~ $11,000.  Same processor -  Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4 2.4GHz.  Dell PowerEdge R430.   If I go with the Dell option, I could get two servers.

The reality is, for the first year or two, we may need only 25 VMs at a time.  Four production VMs for our school environment, and the rest would be for student use - building machines over and over again.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it's the all eggs in one basket approach, also all VMs on a single host needs quite a large host.

But if you have no SAN, requirement for vMotion, HA etc then Essentials...

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Dwight BaerStudentAuthor Commented:
I thought I was looking at up to $12,000 for a full-fledged VMware installation.  But now I'm convinced that Essentials is all I need, for ~$480 (academic pricing).  Yeah!

I don't need high availability - I can have AD on two domain controllers on my two servers.  I don't need VMotion.

I agree that I need two servers.

Subsequent to posting this question, I found a great link - VMware or Hyper-V? Part 3: Virtualization Licensing Costs at https://blog.heroix.com/blog/virtualization-licensing

Thanks again.
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