VMware vSphere Pricing and License Cost

IT Supervisor at WACT
This is really a niche area, but we have an enterprise license for our business. We have many users on our cloud applications, so we went with a costly enterprise license. VMware does provide organizations with discounts. The customer service license fee we got discounts on from the supplier in order for us to get the best out of the license fees. That's our experience. We possibly paid less than our partner company. The partner is only local and not global like our firm. View full review »
Owner at a transportation company with 1-10 employees
VMware vSphere is a top enterprise solution, so we pay the price for a major product. We use vSphere because when we get the project, the customers were already using it. But currently, for example, if we have a new project and we are setting up our environment, and we have no constraints about the technology, like using vSphere, we rather go for Proxmox. We are using it because it was already there before. The cost of migration, for example, is too high to move into different solutions, and the cost of keeping it is enough, and so we accept it. Overall, I would like to have cheaper licensing costs and maybe a different policy for licensing. However, we don't see that as a big issue because we are paying for a good solution. That's why I think it's a fair price. We are using it on the production side, and everything is good from our experience. That's why I would say that the cost isn't too high. However, it would always be nice if it was cheaper. View full review »
Johan Odendaal
Server Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
It's not a cheap solution. The maintenance specifically is quite expensive. I also find that it's more expensive than the higher tier products. We've looked at buying into something like a vROPS or whatever they call it today. However, when you look at the cost and the benefits, although there is great benefit in the product, it's just never been a cost discussion that we've been able to entertain with management. Similar to vSAN, we looked at that a couple of times. It's a great product and it has proven itself. It's brilliant. It's stable. However, as soon as you look at any peripheral products, it becomes quite expensive, as it's licensed per socket or per blade or per server or whatever. View full review »
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Assitant Director - IT at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have the licensing for the solution and the perpetual license which we have allows us to choose whether we want a support license separate or not. It's not an overly expensive solution. The pricing is average. View full review »
Consultant senior en technologie de l'information at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
vSphere 7.0.1 offers a lot more than the previous version. Container support is the last great addition for VMware and it is worth the money you spend on it. View full review »
Allan Trambouze
Senior Consultant at Cofomo
The price is high, but you get a lot functionnality included with the product. You can also start with the free version of ESXi. View full review »
IT Director at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Everything is always too expensive. Of course, they could improve on that side and then probably they will have to. I know they revisited the licensing costs of the user charge. Now they charge per core instead of per socket. This will make them more expensive than they were and maybe it will make them also less price competitive with some other solution on the market. On a Windows environment, Hyper-V is pretty much free, however, you need to license all the cores anyway if you're going to install any Windows on the physical server. Therefore, when you use Windows servers and virtual machines, you have to pay an additional tax, let's say, for vSphere if you want to use vSphere for the hypervisor. That's something that you don't need to do with Microsoft Hyper-V. Of course, there are other hypervisors that are free - like KVM. On the cost, right now, they pretty much are the most expensive solution Ion the market. View full review »
Enterprise Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In terms of pricing, a little bit of improvement is required. There is a lot of competition in the market. If you talk about Nutanix, Nutanix is much cheaper than this product. Very recently, we lost out on a contract due to the pricing. View full review »
Sr. Architect, Business Continuity at Sayers
Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure. View full review »
Pré-vendas at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
The license growth of vSphere depends on the growth of the visual environment and the addition of more hosts. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Senior Cloud Infrastructure Architect at ThinkON
VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS. Ensure you get the right licensing for the feature sets you want within the product and research what those are. Setup can be easy if you have someone that has worked with VMware before or costly when hiring external help, but research in to implementers prior to hiring them is always the best method to get good ones. View full review »
Walmik Wankhede
Manager IT at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
After getting a headache, you will find the cost is reasonably cheaper. View full review »
The solution is extremely expensive, especially for startups such as ours, who don't have the capacity to invest so much in such a product. View full review »
Muhammad Tanvir Ashraf
System and Network Administrator at Gulf Precast Concrete Co. LLC
The licensing fees are on a yearly basis. View full review »
Sr. Systems Engineer at a non-profit with 501-1,000 employees
As far as I know, there is a standard licensing fee. It all depends on the options that you choose and what you need for each business. Every company that I've worked for has had a different pricing model and a different set of use cases. So pricing can range anywhere from $700-$800 per server core, all the way up $2,000-$3,000 per core. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I don't like the price because it's too expensive. View full review »
Ricky Santos
System Administrator at ON Semiconductor Phils. Inc.
The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses. View full review »
Executive Director & Head of Infrastructure at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
This is an expensive product, especially because we need to pay in US Dollars. Really, it depends on the exchange rate. If the exchange in our country is bad then the product becomes even more expensive. View full review »
CEO at a tech consulting company with 201-500 employees
It is expensive. View full review »
Fernando Tamariz
Information Technology Specialist at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The price of this solution is mid-range. There are additional features that can be purchased for an extra charge. For example, if you want replication between sites then you have to pay more. View full review »
Costinel Tunsoiu
Database Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The price could be lower. View full review »
Rommie Kaputin
IT TECHNICAL/ SERVER ADMINISTRATOR at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The pricing is reasonable and you are able to purchases licencing for certain time frame intervals, monthly, yearly etc. View full review »
Director Global Security at a outsourcing company with 10,001+ employees
Pricing is a little bit on the higher side, compared to other products. View full review »
Stephen Murcott
System Administrator at j5 Software South Africa
Depends on your budget and skill set. View full review »
Senior Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is expensive. View full review »
Directeur Production, Infrastructure et Architecture IT at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services. View full review »
Stanley Lee
Principal Engineer at ST Engineering Limited
Licensing costs aren't too expensive, although you pay extra for additional features. View full review »
Luca Olivotto
Senior System Engineer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
In my opinion, the essential version is a good price. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about VMware vSphere. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: December 2020.
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