VSAN 6.2 GA, plus other stuff..

Blink, and you might have missed the announcements doing the rounds on Social Media about a minor release for some of VMware’s products.

Of the minor releases, the biggest one has to be vSphere 6.0 update 2 which packages Virtual SAN 6.2. Now you can get all the goodness of Dedupe & Compression, Erasure Coding (RAID 5 & 6), QoS, Sparse Swap Files, etc……

I’ve written a brief article on VSAN 6.2 for SearchVMware.com, so pop over there if you want to check out what was announced in Feburary’s Digital Enterprise event.

For more in-depth information on VSAN 6.2, point your browsers to Duncan Epping (Yellow-Bricks) and Cormac Hogan! These guys and their blogs have taught me everything I know about VSAN! =)

So without further ado, here’s what was released yesterday (and some from earlier in the month):

New Licensing for vSphere and vSOM

So one of the advantages of being a partner is getting hold of information about product launches, promotions and license restructures a few weeks before the official public announcement.

Anyways, now that it’s been announced it’s interesting what VMware have done with vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management.

  • VMware have dropped the Enterprise License from vSphere
  • VMware have dropped both Standard and Enterprise from vSOM
  • vSphere Standard now comes with APIs for Array Integration and Multipathing. But in order to get DRS and DPM customers are now forced to buy Enterprise Plus! (All previously available with Enterprise)
  • vCenter Server Standard will come with 25x OSI licenses for vRealize Log Insight
  • Price increase of vSOM Enterprise Plus from $4,245 per CPU to $4,395.
  • Price increase of vCenter Server Standard from $4,995 per instance to $5,995

Interesting times……

With the dropping of vSOM Std and vROps only packaged with Ent Plus, does that mean they now consider Operations Management as an ‘Enterprise Play’?

And whilst there’s a promotion for 50% discount on upgrades, a lot of customers are going to be pretty peeved at this change in licensing!

I’m not going to say more on this topic as I’ve been asked to write an article for SearchVMware on these price and license changes so stay tuned for that article…. =)