VMware by Broadcom Licensing Changes

VMware Licensing ChangesBroadcom has recently acquired VMware and the previous licensing model is being adjusted. This post will help break down a few of the changes.

In March, Broadcom announced that they will simplify VMware’s portfolio into two primary offerings:

VMware vSphere Foundation:

This offering delivers a more simplified enterprise-grade workload platform for our mid-sized to smaller customers. This solution integrates vSphere with our intelligent operations management to provide the best performance, availability, and efficiency with greater visibility and insights.

  • vSphere (includes TKG), vCenter

  • vSAN (100 GiB / Core)

  • Aria Suite Standard

VMware Cloud Foundation:

This offering is VMware’s flagship enterprise-class hybrid cloud solution for customers to run their business critical and modern applications – in a secure, resilient and cost efficient manner.

  • vSphere
  • vSAN (100 GiB / Core)
  • NSX Networking / HCX / AON
  • Aria Suite Enterprise
  • SDDC Manager
  • Select Support and SRE

Both VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware vSphere Foundation will have optional advanced add-on offers including storage, ransomware and disaster recovery service, and application platform services. Application Network and Security offerings are available for VMware Cloud Foundation. Additional advanced services and offerings, including Private AI, will be available in the near future.

For small deployments, Broadcom will continue to offer vSphere Essentials and vSphere Essentials Plus. No add-ons can be purchased with the Essentials and Essentials Plus kits.

Historically, VMware offered perpetual licenses bundled with maintenance. Moving forward, VMware by Broadcom’s offerings will be available through a subscription license model.


Please contact one of our education technology experts for more information on VMware and how these licensing changes may affect your school or campus.
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