VMware plans to abandon vRAM Licensing

Yesterday CRN reported that, according to their sources “familiar with VMware’s plans“, VMware is going to discontinue vRAM licensing program with the introduction of vSphere 5.1.

Abandoning the vRAM entitlement (that proved to be very unpopular among the community) for its previous CPU-based licensing model, VMware will keep vSphere competitive against the new release of Hyper-V 3 enriched with several enterprise-class features.

A lot of customers feel like they are being nickel-and-dimed on things, which hurts the cost model of virtualization, so VMware is going to aggressively bundle. That bundle scheme made little sense with vRAM.

said a source of CRN, who requested anonymity.

We expect the announcement during VMworld in San Francisco next week where VMware will unveil its official licensing plans, these could include bundled licenses and special package with cloud products.