A few months ago I wrote the article 10 Things You Didn’t Know About vSphere+, which gives you a good overview of vSphere+ and VCF+, and some information about licensing. A few things have changed and been added since then and I would like to share some of the information with you.
1) vSphere+ Standard Edition
Some customers only need the feature set of vSphere Standard but were very interested in having the benefits that come with the (VMware) cloud connectivity. VMware listened to its customers and introduced vSphere+ Standard back in December 2022. What is included?
- vSphere Standard features
- vCenter Standard (unlimited number of deployments)
- Admin Services (Cloud Console)
2) vSAN+ Standard and Advanced Edition
To mirror the vSAN perpetual license editions, VMware released vSAN+ Standard and vSAN+ Advanced in December 2022 as well.
3) Grace Period when moving from perpetual to subscription licensing
Customers need to move their existing perpetual licenses within 90 days to vSphere+/vSAN+, see here.
If Customer receives its entitlement to vSphere+ or vSAN+ through a VMware subscription upgrade program, then Customer must, within 90 days after purchase of the entitlement, relinquish its entitlements to any relevant vSphere or vSAN on-premises perpetual licenses (as applicable) that were exchanged through the subscription upgrade program (“Exchanged Licenses”).
5) What if I don’t renew my vSphere+/vSAN+ subscription?
You will be out of compliance, but your environment is still going to work. And you will not receive support from VMware’s Global Support anymore during that time.
6) Which data is transmitted to VMware Cloud?
According to this article, the following data is transmitted:
- vCenter Server Inventory (transmission frequency: 24h)
- Log Data (transmission frequency: continuous)
- Performance Data (transmission frequency: 5min)
- Consumption Data (transmission frequency: 15min)
- Feature Usage (transmission frequency: 5min)
- Entitlement (transmission frequency: as necessary)
7) Aria Universal Suite & vSphere+ (vCloud Suite+)
The subscription version of vCloud Suite is vCloud Suite+ (vCS+). vCS+ comes also in three editions: Standard, Advanced, Enterprise
8) What about VMware Horizon and vSphere+?
If you are using vSphere (for Desktop) that came as a bundle with VMware Horizon, then vSphere cannot be upgraded to vSphere+. Consult the product interoperability matrix for more information. If you are using Horizon as a standalone product on top of vSphere+, I don’t see any issues.
9) What are vSphere+ add-on services?
Currently, vSphere+ comes with a centralized cloud console that provides consolidated management of all vSphere+ deployments. Customers also get the Cloud Consumption Interface (CCI) and Tanzu Mission Control Essentials as part of vSphere+.
Add-On #1: Aria Operations
Powered by Aria Operations (formerly known as vRealize Operations), vSphere+ provides an overview of the resource usage of all the clusters associated with the vCenter Server instances that are connected to your vCenter Cloud Gateway(s). You can monitor and analyze details such as hosts, cores, VMs, and remaining capacity on each cluster. You can also get a view of the number of days remaining until the cluster reaches its usable capacity.
Add-On #2: VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery (VCDR)
You can protect VMs and manage their protection status directly from the VMware Cloud Console if you have a VCDR subscription.
Without making any commitment and knowing the vSphere+ roadmap, it seems that VMware is going to bring parts of the VMware Data Services portfolio as an add-on service. More information can be found here.
10) Counting Cores for vSphere+ and vSAN+ Licensing
VMware has created a tool to identify the number of core licenses that are required to upgrade existing vSphere/vSAN deployment to vSphere+/vSAN+. William Lam has created two blogs that should help you using the script:
- Quick Tip – Inventory core count for vSphere+, vSAN+ & VCF+ Cloud Service
- Automating subscription and usage retrieval for vSphere+ and vSAN+ Cloud Service