VMware vSphere Pricing and License Cost

Bunmi Sadiq
‎IT Supervisor at a maritime company with 201-500 employees
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 »
Kevin Williams
IT Analyst I at Sacramento City College
Pricing can be an issue in terms of scalability, depending on how quickly you want to expand. If you budget every year, put some aside that you know you need to get another host and you plan for it, then it shouldn't be that hard. If you're going to try to all of a sudden say, "I want to add six hosts to my environment," then it's going to a little bit pricey and you're not going to want to spend the budget on it. View full review »
Head - Server and Storage at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Pricing is competitive I would say, because usually we buy the software, along with the hardware stock so it's usually a bundle thing that we try to squeeze the hardware windows in to get us proper discounts. So, it is regularly higher than what a Microsoft overall solution turns out to be. But, the capabilities are worth it. The price is justified. Licensing is pretty standard. View full review »
Raden Evangelista
Systems Engineerineering Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 51-200 employees
We would like it to be affordable to use the manage services on the cloud, then let VMware manage it and have AWS a part of it. This would make the easier transition from on-premise to cloud and be of value. We don't want to go through a third-party vendor. View full review »
IT Analyst at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
The pricing is too expensive. The reason why we implemented Hyper-V is because of the licensing costs. They are way too high. This is tough when you have to present to management with a flat budget, and everything will be more expensive. 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 »
Carlos Filipe Quintas
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Start with the lowest and upgrade if, and only if, absolutely necessary. Customers will find that the standard edition is more than sufficient for their needs until they are internally ready to move forward to a cloud operating model. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
I miss the Enterprise tier. When they went to Enterprise Plus, it increased the price. I was one of the guys that operated well inside the Enterprise tier. I paid a little bit more than standard but I got a lot more features. Enterprise Plus has a lot of things that I'll never use. So when they chopped that tier out, they kneecapped me. If you go with a standard license, it's very affordable. If you start digging into how they price all of their add-ons compared to Hyper-V, you get into the mud, because Hyper-V bundles everything together. So, at least you can customize your pricing to exactly what you need, so that is a plus. View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Make sure you find a good reseller you can trust. I don't have any advice with regard to pricing though, because the product is worth what you pay for it. I definitely feel like I"m getting good value. Because there are multiple tiers, you want to make sure that you size your licensing appropriately. If you're going to have a stack, you're going to want to weigh the features that are available with the Enterprise versions versus the standard versions and really understand what you're going to get out of it. View full review »
Chris Childerhose
Solutions Engineer 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 »
Valeriu Iordachi
Deputy Director at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Compared with other vendors’ products, the pricing of the license is slightly lower. The annual S&S price is very affordable. View full review »
CIO at a library with 201-500 employees
Pricing is the one "ding" I have against it. Except for VMware vSphere Essentials, it would be pretty challenging for anything but a medium or large size company to use. View full review »
DPSA III at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
For pricing and licensing I would consider getting the Enterprise plus edition and the proper Windows datacenter licensing. View full review »
Tom Pine
Lead Administrator at Comcast
Pricing is insanely expensive. We spent millions of dollars on NSX. If you want anything, it costs you more. The pricing model is constantly changing. We wanted to look at HCX, but we had to get it bundled with NSX and vRNI. We already have vRNI. I will be installing, architecting, and rolling it out. However, how does it affect the cost for HCX? We still haven't received a real answer. 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 »
Luis Arencibia
IT Operations Services Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The pricing could be improved. View full review »
User at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
This is a place VMware have to work on. Bringing in products or upgrading is difficult to sell to the finance guys. View full review »
Network Administrator at a mining and metals company with 201-500 employees
It is cost effective. View full review »
Network Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
VMware licensing and pricing are a bit more expensive compared to others, like Hyper-V. However, you get what you pay for. View full review »
Project Leader at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I think that in the past there have been some mistakes in the licensing policy. I hope that in the future it will be simpler. View full review »
Ajay Dand
Founder Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The cost is a bit high. View full review »
Researcher and Professor at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Purchase only the cheaper solution with support. I don’t recommend high-end licenses. View full review »
Cloud Automation and Integration Focal at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is where it loses points on sometimes perceived costs; the competition has done a good job of promoting the notion of a “VMware tax”, but the benefit is there with their licensing scheme. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Team Lead / Project Lead IT at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Pricing needs to be competitive since Microsoft Hyper-V has come a long way; they are both around the same price range. View full review »
Keith Luken
Manager - System Engineering and Storage at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
VMware is consistently expensive and their pricing arrogance is what will drive us and other customers away. Compared to physical systems, it is a bargain, but compared to other solutions, it is losing its appeal due to pricing. View full review »
VMware Engineer at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
My advice when it comes to pricing is that pricing is a bummer, especially when it comes to SnS coverage. From the feedback I have received from other users, that’s a concern for most of the customers. View full review »
Mike Yocum
IT Systems Administrator II at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Every dollar spent on vSphere will repay itself in up time. View full review »
Chris Ramos
Technical Education Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The cost might be higher than other products offered by the competition but, if implemented correctly, it is worth the investment. View full review »
Principal Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1-10 employees
The pricing is a bit complex. View full review »
LuisFernando Fuentes Lopez
Infrastracture Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 501-1,000 employees
It is easy to understand the licensing of vSphere. We have standard enterprise licensing. The pricing is more expensive than Microsoft. View full review »
Vice President with 1-10 employees
The pricing is justified. It may be a bit high, but the features are worth it. View full review »
Technical Support at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I think that vSphere is an expensive solution. View full review »
Hazem Mohamed
Deputy Manager IT at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
It is expensive. Other solutions on the market are free. We had to plan with VMware how many hosts that we needed in order to determine the price. View full review »
Sandy Aitken
VP Cloud Business at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The price is high. It would be nice if VMware made a price reduction. View full review »
Lead System Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The costs are inflated for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs). View full review »
Carlos Rodriguez
Pre-sales engineer
The pricing is expensive but we really do not have a choice. View full review »
Electronic Engineer in Telecommunications and Master in Technologies and Systems of Communications
The only issue with vSphere might be with the cost of its tools and the software. View full review »
Head of Technological Architecture at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The pricing is a little expensive, and the licensing is a bit complex. View full review »

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