VMware vSphere 4 – Enterprise Plus – 2 Month SnS

A big issue for companies making the upgrade to vSphere 4 Enterprise Plus from their existing VI3 Enterprise License wasn’t the low $295 price per CPU (VMware Part VS4-ENT-ENT-PL-UG-PROMO), it was the hassle of having to renew their SnS Entitlement! What if your company just renewed their 1 Year Enterprise SnS? You’d basically need to purchase another 1 Year Enterprise Plus SnS. Even though it would push out your support another year, this additional cost could be quite high for some companies, especially if you have dozens or even hundreds of hosts!

Customers complained and VMware Listened…

VMware will be releasing a 2 Month Enterprise Plus SnS package for customers in this exact boat.  The price will be reasonably priced at $140 per CPU for Platinum and $120 per CPU for Gold (both estimated retail). Well thank you VMware!  IMHO the best thing you could have done was just given all your Enterprise customers a free upgrade to Enterprise Plus, but I suppose this is the 2nd best thing I could ask for….seeing that I’m upgrading about 20 licenses in the next week.

For more information on the Enterprise to Enterprise Plus upgrade promotion, please contact your local VMware Retailer!  There is also an upgrade promotion that includes the Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch (VMware Part VS4-N1K-UG-C), this is priced at $795 per CPU.


Created on June 25, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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  1. PiroNet
    2:12 am on June 26th, 2009

    And what about companies currently upgrading, being obliged to paid for the period of time that the customer’s SnS contract was not active!!!

    Let say your SnS contract ran out 2 years ago, when buying the upgrade to vSphere you pay for one year of SnS but also 2 years of SnS fees for the period of time that the SnS contract was not active, plus another 20% fee on top of that… Ouch that hurts!

    Read more at http://deinoscloud.wordpress.com/2009/06/26/blackmail/

  2. Rick Scherer
    9:41 am on June 26th, 2009

    I could understand how this could be upsetting to some customers. However, what do you expect when you’ve let your SnS entitlement expire? VMware is obviously in the business to make money, and not give away their product to customers. SnS is a major portion of VMware’s revenue, and a major contributor to their stock value.

    But, with that said, I ran into a situation where SnS expired on some licenses. VMware worked very hard on getting the reinstatement fee waived and a discount on the SnS pricing.

  3. Jay Rogers
    8:47 am on June 30th, 2009

    Wow this is great news for us saving us tons of money. Of course I still think the entire process of having to pay extra for something that was supposed to be the benefit of having a maint/support contract is wrong.

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