On the surface of it, VMWare is one of the more approachable software vendors when it comes to understanding licensing terms. Their highly complicated vRAM pricing scheme was abolished back in 2012, which rectified a lot of the confusion amongst its customers, however their ever-expanding product portfolio brings with it even more licensing metrics to manage.
At License Dashboard, our VMWare consulting services are called upon because VMWare offers product licenses per CPU, per VM, per Concurrent User (CCU), per Named User, Per Device and per OSI… and that can be difficult to navigate. Customers who are transitioning to the cloud also deal with VMWare’s Portable License Unit (PLU) metric for certain vRealize management products. License Dashboard’s consultancy service will enable you to gain control of your VMware estate.
As business change and grow, it’s easy to see how legacy customers might let their records for purchased VMWare licenses fall by the wayside over the years. Common pitfalls include having a greater number of users connecting into a Horizon View VDI desktop than there are purchased CCU licenses – this is a common example of non-compliance. License Dashboard’s toolset detects non-compliance by extracting license usage for some of the less straightforward products such as Site Recovery Manager (SRM) via its connectors directly into VMware vCenter.
While receiving notice of an audit from VMWare is a valid reason for employing consulting services, prevention is often better than the cure as there is limited scope for rationalisation once the vendor is involved . Our software licensing consultants have project experience with VMWare compliance, getting the most out of VMWare investment, and reactivation or reallocation of older licenses. Optimization of VMWare license management will help save that precious IT budget.