vShield Endpoint with vSphere 6.0

I've heard some questions regarding vShield Endpoint being supported with vSphere 6.0.  Some of the confusion has come from various announcements of End of Availability and End of Support for vCloud Networking and Security.  Before I answer the question of using vShield Endpoint with vSphere 6.0, let's first look at the history of the vShield product line to see where the confusion may come from.  There has been many changes due to the rapid pace of innovation and developments in virtual networking and security: May 2009: vShield Zones 1.0 released, providing an application-aware … [Read more...]

Conccurrent User Licensing for VMware Horizon Suite

VMware has made some changes to the Horizon Suite licensing since my last post about VMware’s Horizon Suite licensing and promotions.  The changes are included in the VMware End-User Computing Licensing, Pricing and Packaging Whitepaper, but are not well called out.  Here’s what you need to know about the licensing changes. Horizon Suite (a combination of Horizon View for virtual desktops, Horizon Mirage for physical desktop management, and Horizon Workspace for application and data presentation and management) is now available in a Concurrent User scheme.  Previously, the Suite was only … [Read more...]

Horizon View & Horizon Suite: Per Concurrent or Per Named User Licensing?

A few points of clarification after the good Twitter discussion I just had with Dan Fallon, Jim Millard, and Matt Davis in response to my posting of the new VMware Horizon View and VMware Horizon Workspace / Suite licensing.  In the details on licensing for the new products (full details are on the Clearpath blog), I mentioned that Horizon View licensing changes to per named user from the previous per concurrent user licensing when you upgrade to the new Horizon Suite (a combination of Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, and Horizon Workspace) from View Premier bundle licensing.  A few things to … [Read more...]

VMware Horizon General Availability – Licensing and Promotions!

VMware Horizon Suite and all of the components that make up the suite were made Generally Available (GA) on Monday (March 4, 2013).  VMware Horizon View 5.2, VMware Horizon Mirage 4.0, and VMware Horizon Workspace 1.0 versions are available as stand-alone products or all bundled into the Horizon Suite.  This is an exciting set of releases from VMware.  I wrote a summary of the releases last week if you don't yet know what is included in the upgrades and new products. With GA came information on pricing and licensing for individual products and for the Horizon Suite, which includes all of … [Read more...]

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -VMware ThinApp

I've had questions from customers and have seen some musings on social media about a VMware End of Availability Notice (EOA) for VMware ThinApp.  I thought I might set the record straight here.  The EOA notice is posted on the VMware ThinApp How To Buy page, with a PDF FAQ document here: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/thinapp/VMware-ThinApp-EOA-FAQ.pdf.  From the How to Buy page, we read that ThinApp will no longer be available as of December 15, 2013, with no orders for ThinApp being accepted after that date.  This is crappy wording by VMware. ThinApp is not being discontinued!  The … [Read more...]

PSA: Less Than 1 Month Until Free VMware vCloud Suite Offer Expires

A friendly public service announcement: VMware announced at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco that any customer with vSphere Enterprise Plus licensing under a current Support & Subscription (SnS) agreement as of August 27th would receive a free upgrade to the new vCloud Suite Standard Edition.  The free upgrade offer is only available through December 15, 2012.  The vCloud Suite Standard Edition includes vSphere Enterprise Plus, VMware vCloud Director, vCloud Connector and vCloud Networking & Security Standard (formerly known as vShield Edge and vShield App).  There's some other great … [Read more...]

vCloud Suite Upgrade Notes

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. VMware vCloud Suite is a … [Read more...]

No More vRAM Entitlement Licensing!

Just announced at VMworld 2012 – VMware has stopped the unpopular ‘vRAM Entitlement’ licensing that restricted customers to provisioning virtual machines with a virtual memory beyond a licensed limit.  The vRAM Entitlements were introduced with vSphere 5 and drew wide criticism despite the fact that few customers were actually impacted by the soft memory caps once N+1 hosts and other design architecture best practices were considered.  Rather, I’d like to think that the vRAM Entitlement licensing may have actually been helpful in getting customers to right-size their VM’s and rationalize … [Read more...]