VMware kills vRAM licence scheme at VMworld

In his first act as incoming VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger used a VMworld keynote on Monday to ditch its controversial vRAM licensing scheme.

In his first act as incoming VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger used a VMworld keynote on Monday to ditch its controversial vRAM licensing scheme, confirming last week’s reports on TechTarget's SearchServerVirtualisation.com.

Gelsinger, speaking as he prepares to formally take control of the firm on Friday 1 September, said the firm would strike vRAM from its vocab as it launched its vCloud Suite 5.1 at the VMworld show in San Francisco.

ChopperIt says vCloud 5.1 will be the first solution to deliver “the software-defined datacentre”, recasting datacentre infrastructure into software services running across pools of industry standard hardware, to simplify and automate operations for end-users.

VMware said: “The VMware vCloud Suite will be licensed per processer with no core, vRAM or number of VM limits.  Customers can get the entire set of cloud infrastructure and management capabilities – virtualisation, software-defined datacentre services, policy-based provisioning, disaster recovery, application management and operations management – in one easy-to-purchase offering.”

VMware stoked channel ire last summer when it attached the cost of a licence to memory capacity, leaving partners upset that heavy users would be unfairly punished by what came to be referred to as a “vTax”.

VMware was later forced into a humiliating climbdown, capping the amount of vRAM it counts in any given virtual machine (VM) to 96GB, so that no VM will cost more than a single Enterprise+ license, including its largest 1TB vRAM VM, and committed to being "more flexible" around transient workloads and spikes associated with test or dev environments.

However it has now scrapped the scheme altogether, and will henceforth revert to its previous model, which was based on CPUs.

Maritz, meanwhile, received a rapturous welcome from the audience just days before he moves across to VMware parent EMC, having grown the virtualisation specialist’s revenues nearly fourfold during his tenure. Pat Gelsinger has been described by Maritz as “passionate and intense” and despite being no shrinking violet himself, he warned the audience to fasten their seatbelts.

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