I live blogged at VMworld about VMware giving a free upgrade (technically a $1 upgrade, but what’s a buck amongst friends) to the newly announced VMware vCloud Stuite Standard Edition for all current customers with VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus under active Support and Subscription (SnS). This gives customers the basic building blocks for starting to shift their virtualized datacenters towards a software-defined datacenter with all the cloud automation needed to drive the next stage of datacenter efficiency, mobility, and consumption-based provisioning.
There are a few gotchas on the free upgrade to the vCloud Suite – the deal doesn’t last forever. I just published an article on the Clearpath blog with information on who is entitled to the upgrade, how to upgrade to the vCloud Suite, current discounts, and some of the caveats of the upgrade. Check out all the details here: http://blog.clearpathsg.com/blog/bid/222512/vmware-vcloud-suite-upgrade-notes.