I want to start off with saying something very important:
What you are about to read has NOT been officially announced by any participating party.
Consider this a *wink, wink* or *nudge, nudge* – whatever you want to call it. The talk around town is that VMware is going to be discontinuing Perpetual Licensing.
You may have noticed some price increases over the past year – and I expect more of that moving forward as Broadcom and VMware inch closer the finish line of their agreement.
That being said – while there have not been any official announcements or official dates – I also expect for there to be an announcement before the end of 2023 that VMware will no longer sell Perpetual Licenses – following suit with many others in the industry.
This “rumor” that’s floating around town is based on facts from the past…
Do you remember VMware Horizon discontinuing perpetual licensing a few years ago – back in 2021?
Well, this situation appears to be no different. If we had to guess, we’d say you should prepare for exactly what happened with Horizon when they moved away from perpetual – pivoting to a SaaS or term option.
Horizon had three different versions of perpetual licenses (Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise), and the corresponding SaaS and term models have those same versions (Read more about what Horizon did – and what you might expect in the future – here.).
It looks like that model will mostly hold true for vSphere & vCenter’s movement away from perpetual licensing as the replacements are already out. Term licensing (on premise) for vSphere currently has Standard and Enterprise editions, and vSphere+ (Cloud subscription) does as well. Additionally, both are sold via processor core count and include vCenter Standard.
If you would like a full breakdown, here is a PDF outlining everything.
As mentioned earlier, none of this has made official by VMware, but based off previous events, we can come to an educated guess as to what’s likely to happen. That being said, even though this is speculation, it never hurts to get ahead of it. Renew your VMware Perpetual Licensing today to avoid the headaches later.