Although licensing will still be per-socket/CPU in principle, CPUs with more than 32 physical cores will require an additional CPU licence.
VMware will grant existing customers or customers purchasing licences before 30 April 2020 free licences if their VMware solutions are running on systems with more than 32 cores. This change will affect only a few customers, given the CPUs currently available on the market.
The new licensing model affects not just vSphere, but all products currently licensed per CPU. These include, for example, vSAN, NSX, CloudFoundation and vRealize Suite, as well as their individual products. Your Bechtle representative will be happy to provide more information.
What does this new model look like in practice?
Under the new model, customers running CPUs with more than 32 physical cores will need an additional licence.
Here are some examples:
Previous licensing model
New licensing model
1 CPU, 28 Cores
1 licence (number of cores ≤ 32)
1 CPU, 48 Cores
2 licences (number of cores > 32)
2 CPUs, 32 Cores
2 licences (number of cores ≤ 32 per CPU)
2 CPUs, 48 Cores
4 licences (number of cores > 32 per CPU)
Customers who purchased their licences before 2 April 2020 are not affected. (The new licensing model applies only to licence purchases from 2 April.) It will apply, however, if any existing licences are upgraded/updated to a new major release (such as vSphere 7.0) on or after 2 April. Nevertheless, VMware has planned a transition period during which any customers already running CPUs with more than 32 cores can request free additional licences.
Affected customers must open a ticket in the My VMware Portal and provide the following information:
Our software specialists will be happy to help you with this process.
Please be aware of the following when requesting free licences: