Perpetual Licensing End of Sale
Perpetual licensing is dead, and support renewals have also followed suit. Effective 12/11/2023, VMware by Broadcom announced their end of sale.
According to their press release, “Offerings will solely be available as subscriptions or as term licenses following the end of sale of perpetual licenses and Support and Subscription (SnS) renewals beginning today” (Prasad, 2023).
For these subscriptions, list pricing is expected to be reduced by up to 50% when compared to the similar perpetual offerings that were available.
VMware has also stated that they will be offering pricing incentives to help customers migrate from their perpetual products over to the new subscriptions.
Broadcom has restructured VMware into four divisions (Sharwood, 2023).
- VMware Cloud Foundation – includes vSphere, vCenter, vSAN and other core products.
- Application Networking & Security – excludes Carbon Black, which is being divested.
- Software-Defined Edge
Notice that what you don’t see is End-user Computing (includes Workspace One & Horizon).
I said that we would make it back to Horizon, and here we are. According to this press release from December 8th, this division is being divested, so the future is a bit up in the air. Currently, the only change is that partners have to place orders for End-user Computing products separately. The post shares the commitment to the offerings continuing, but more information is currently limited, so stay tuned!
Within the Cloud Foundation, there will be two main offerings: VMware Cloud Foundation & vSphere Foundation.
Cloud Foundation – This will be your premium offering and will likely include many of the products covered under the Cloud Foundation division.
vSphere Foundation – This will be your standard offering, likely including the core products like vSphere and vCenter.
Add-ons – who doesn’t like an add-on? VMware announced that the main offerings will have advanced add-ons available to complete the solution, including storage, ransomware & disaster recovery, and application platform services (Prasad, 2023).
vSphere Essentials – Many SMBs have received great value out of the vSphere Essentials package. As of now, nothing has been publicly announced to fill this void, but given the value that many of Mirazon’s customers have found in this product, we find it hard to believe an entry-level offering similar to Essentials won’t be offered at some point.