i have been digging around every corner of the internet and spoken to both vmware (who only spoke enough to tell me they can't talk to me) and dell, but i can't find the answer to a simple question: do i need a vCenter Server License to use Nvidia GRID vGPU?
vSphere Enterprise Plus is required to run Nvidia GRID. that's fine. i have created a setup with an evaluation license and everything is running. but where i'm confused is, i can't assign a vGPU profile in the ESXi host; i need to do that in vCenter instead. so will i then need to license vCenter Server on top of vSphere Enterprise Plus? i feel like it's an important question, since the vCenter Server license costs more than the Enterprise Plus vSphere license. i would really appreciate if someone could answer that for me.
Enterprise license for ESXi hosts and vCenter Standard license for vCenter itself.
No additional license required for NVIDIA GRID vGPU
so just to be clear, that is $4,800 for vSphere Enterprise Plus, and then i additionally need the $7,500 for vCenter Standard?
indeed. yes, you need vCenter. Did you tried evaluation license for 60 days?
yes. and vCenter is the only place i can assign/edit vGPU profiles. so the Enterprise Plus version of vSphere is still missing what it takes for vGPU? just want to be sure bofore i buy something i don't need, because we are only running one or two hosts at this time.
Hi @jwsl224 yes. you will need an Enterprise Plus license and vCenter for it. You can check it here: VMware vSphere® Product Line Comparison
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