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vSphere 5's licensing opens the door for open source

Jul 15, 2011, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Savio Rodrigues)

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"The new pricing model further increases the price gap between VMware and the two open source competitors, Red Hat Virtualization and Citrix Xen.

"For example, Red Hat offers a one-year subscription for as any as six managed sockets, regardless of cores per socket, for $4,495 per year. Red Hat's virtualization offering also doesn't have any restrictions on RAM entitled for use with a licensed socket. Over a five-year period, Red Hat's product would cost $26,970.

"By comparison, a VMware customer would buy at least six processor licenses of VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus with product support and subscription over five years for $3,495 per processor license and five years of support and subscription at $874 per year per processor. Over a five-year period, VMware's product would cost at least $47,190, or 74 percent more than Red Hat."

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