2017-11-27T20:34:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for VMware vSphere?

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Top 5Real User

There are different licensing costs depending on whether you're using the standard or enterprise solution. A socket in the standard solution might cost $1,000 whereas it would cost $4,000 for the enterprise socket.

2021-07-06T07:22:22Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

One of the problems with the solution is the pricing. The licenses are not cheap. We do pay a yearly licensing fee. Originally, it was a five-year package. Now we pay either every 12 or every 24 months. If I have three hosts, just three hosts, a minimum of three hosts plus the vSphere and Center, I'm almost spending close to $250,000 a year. That's half a million in every two years inside just three hosts. In a serious medium enterprise where we would need at least 20 hosts, it means our annual fee or annual license cost could jump into the million-dollar range which means in three years you're spending three million alone on software.

2021-06-04T09:50:03Z
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Top 5Real User

We do pay for the solution. It's on a yearly basis.

2021-06-03T10:10:28Z
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Top 20Real User

It is very expensive as compared to other competitive hypervisor solutions in the market today. Its competitors are actually more aggressive. Even though most of them are less established solutions, they have started to catch up in functionality and capacity, and their pricing is extremely aggressive.

2021-05-28T23:47:01Z
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Top 20Real User

There is an annual cost for the use of this solution. The price is a little high in developing countries. If they were able to reduce the price they would receive more customers now and even more in the future.

2021-05-28T11:41:20Z
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Top 10Reseller

This is not the cheapest solution, but when you consider the stability of VMware vSphere, it is a great solution.

2021-05-11T20:43:55Z
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Top 20Real User

The licensing price is fair compared to other similar solutions.

2021-05-11T15:58:37Z
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Top 5Real User

The price could improve for the enterprise versions.

2021-05-08T06:57:07Z
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Top 20Real User

The price is reasonable.

2021-04-19T13:10:43Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are currently buying some more licenses to be able to move to version 7. The solution is expensive, however, due to the criticality of the features on offer, for us, it's worth the cost.

2021-04-02T07:37:24Z
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Top 10Real User

The cost varies from customer to customer. VMware offers various price policies, and therefore I'm unsure of how it differs from client to client.

2021-03-31T17:16:32Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

It's a perpetual license paid on a yearly basis. A customer can buy a license and support on a yearly basis. The pricing should be more flexible and more affordable for the customer.

2021-03-24T14:15:25Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The licensing has become cheaper over time. As there are multiple offerings, it depends on how you are leveraging.

2021-03-12T15:01:32Z
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Top 10Real User

Its price is quite high. VMware licensing is quite costly. You have to pay for the CPU and Threads, but if you want good service, you have to pay the price. Its cost is not more than 1 million for us.

2021-03-06T14:20:57Z
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Top 10Real User

The cost of the solution is relatively low. VMware proposes the Essentials kits which are very affordable for SMB companies.

2021-02-19T06:39:21Z
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Top 5Real User

This is quite an expensive product, although everything is included in the standard licensing fee.

2021-02-04T11:03:37Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReseller

It could be cheaper. But not only cheaper because Nutanix's hypervisors are free of charge out of the box. You don't even have to pay for the hypervisor's enterprise version. Given that, I don't think VMware should be charging so much for the hypervisor. The hypervisor is a commodity now.

2021-02-04T07:32:15Z
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Top 20Real User

vSphere is very expensive.

2021-01-23T10:46:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Basic vSphere, without centralized management, is free. When you get into the centralized management vCenter server, it starts adding cost. Then, it's license-based upon the number of CPUs in your host servers.

2021-01-23T02:06:57Z
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Top 20Real User

I don't like the price because it's too expensive.

2021-01-14T21:22:10Z
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Top 10Reseller

Licensing costs aren't too expensive, although you pay extra for additional features.

2021-01-12T11:20:03Z
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Top 10Real User

The pricing is reasonable and you are able to purchases licencing for certain time frame intervals, monthly, yearly etc.

2021-01-11T11:44:12Z
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Top 10Real User

The price could be lower.

2021-01-06T19:39:50Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2021-01-06T19:33:57Z
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Top 20Real User

It is expensive.

2020-12-27T09:09:57Z
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Top 5Real User

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.

2020-12-23T20:50:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The license growth of vSphere depends on the growth of the visual environment and the addition of more hosts.

2020-12-03T00:30:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

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.

2020-11-26T17:13:52Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2020-11-25T21:48:11Z
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Top 20Real User

Pricing is a little bit on the higher side, compared to other products.

2020-11-16T19:21:59Z
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Top 10Real User

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.

2020-11-16T14:39:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2020-11-10T07:19:30Z
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Top 10Real User

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.

2020-11-09T17:13:44Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2020-11-09T15:22:53Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It is expensive.

2020-11-07T13:44:14Z
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Top 20Reseller

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.

2020-11-07T11:56:52Z
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Top 10Reseller

In my opinion, the essential version is a good price.

2020-11-05T14:24:17Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2020-11-01T09:32:00Z
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Top 20Real User

It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services.

2020-10-28T07:19:59Z
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Top 5Real User

After getting a headache, you will find the cost is reasonably cheaper.

2020-04-15T07:17:00Z
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Top 20MSP

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.

2020-03-21T17:49:00Z
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ExpertTop 5Real User

The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses.

2019-09-26T05:56:00Z
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Real User

The licensing fees are on a yearly basis.

2019-05-06T18:25:00Z
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Top 20Real User

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.

2019-03-24T08:52:00Z
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Real User

Depends on your budget and skill set.

2019-01-28T08:47:00Z
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Real User

VMware licensing and pricing are a bit more expensive compared to others, like Hyper-V. However, you get what you pay for.

2018-12-19T10:11:00Z
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Real User

The pricing is expensive but we really do not have a choice.

2018-12-19T10:10:00Z
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Consultant

The price is high. It would be nice if VMware made a price reduction.

2018-12-05T11:40:00Z
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Real User

The pricing is a little expensive, and the licensing is a bit complex.

2018-12-05T11:33:00Z
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Top 20Consultant

The pricing is a bit complex.

2018-11-28T08:38:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-11-22T10:34:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-11-18T10:27:00Z
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Real User

The pricing is justified. It may be a bit high, but the features are worth it.

2018-11-18T10:27:00Z
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Top 20Consultant

The price is high, but you get a lot functionnality included with the product. You can also start with the free version of ESXi.

2018-10-04T17:13:00Z
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Real User

The cost is a bit high.

2018-10-02T19:05:00Z
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Real User

I think that vSphere is an expensive solution.

2018-09-25T09:23:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

The pricing could be improved.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-09-03T13:24:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-09-02T12:37:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
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Real User

It is cost effective.

2018-09-02T09:37:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-09-02T08:01:00Z
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Real User

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.

2018-09-02T07:53:00Z
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Real User

It is easy to understand the licensing of vSphere. We have standard enterprise licensing. The pricing is more expensive than Microsoft.

2018-04-25T06:47:00Z
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ExpertTop 5Real User

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.

2017-11-27T20:34:00Z
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