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VMware changes processor licensing structure

Tash Shifrin

Infrastructure software firm VMware has announced a new licensing policy for its server products that will see dual-core processors licensed as a single processor.

The new policy defines a processor as a single physical chip that contains no more than two processor cores.

The move will bring VMware into line with other software companies. Microsoft and Red Hat have been charging once for each system processor, irrespective of the number of cores, while last week Oracle abandoned its policy of treating each core of a multi-core chip as a separate processor, amid criticism that it was too expensive.
 
VMware is providing the new dual-core licensing policy for its GSX Server 3.2, released on 1 July and will use dual-core licensing in upcoming releases of VMware ESX Server and VirtualCenter.

The policy had been changed “in response to evolving technology and customer feedback”, VMware said. But the company added that the policy applied only to dual-core processors. “VMware will revisit its licensing policies as x86 processors with a greater number of cores become available,” it said.


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