Evolving Solutions has been getting a lot of questions from our customers about the new VMWare VSphere 5.0 licensing model. As you may have heard, VMWare has added a memory restriction to VSphere 5.0 licensing. They call this new model vRAM entitlements. Your vRAM entitlement depends on which version of VSphere you currently are running in your data center. Standard edition is 32GB, Enterprise edition is 64GB, and the Enterprise plus is 96GB of RAM per socket license. Customers must remember that this is not based on the physical RAM in the server, but the RAM allocated to guests. VMWare has not yet set a hard limit to this number. They are planning to look back at the last 12 months of usage and find the highest daily high water mark and use that to check compliance.
To aid our customers in the transition to VSphere 5.0, we have a tool we can run against your environment that will analyze what you are licensed for today; look at your environment and show you how it will translate into VSphere 5.0 licenses.
Contact your Account Executive for more information.