"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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