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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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1.2. Licensing VMware vSphere

With the introduction of VMware vSphere, VMware introduces a number of new licensing tiers and bundles that are intended to provide a good fit for every market segment. In this section, I'll explain the different licensing tiers—called editions—and how the various features that I've discussed so far fit into these editions.

Six editions of VMware vSphere are available:

  • VMware vSphere Essentials

  • VMware vSphere Essentials Plus

  • VMware vSphere Standard

  • VMware vSphere Advanced

  • VMware vSphere Enterprise

  • VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus

Each of these six editions features a different combination of features and products included. Table 1.2 lists the different editions and which features and products are included in each edition. ...

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