1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 22, 2019 11:41 AM by TheBobkin

    doubt with licensing

    eduruizblas Lurker

      Hello, I have a question with the licensing of the hci kits, in my case I would need licenses two nodes of 2 processors per node for vsan standard together with vmware essentials plus. I do not know if it can be cheaper for me to acquire the licenses separately or using the HCI Kits essentials license. Thank you

        • 1. Re: doubt with licensing
          TheBobkin Virtuoso
          vExpertVMware Employees

          Hello eduruizblas,



          It would appear that VMware HCI 6 Kit Essentials is no longer available directly from VMware store - potentially calling our licensing team would differ. Looks to be still available from 3rd-party sellers for ~$15-16,000 but I can't speak to the legitimacy of any I have come across.


          Going by commonly quoted vSAN list prices of ~$2,500 per socket (vSAN Standard) for 2 nodes + regular Essentials Plus @~$6200 comes out about the same as the above, but with no spare node vSAN licensing (Witness comes with free license anyway). If you have a vCenter already then buying 2x vSphere Standard (~$1700 each) instead of Essentials would offer more flexibility should you wish to expand later on or integrate this cluster with other vSphere workloads without the limitations of Essentials.


          In all honesty though, your best bet for accurately comparing any 2 (or more) licensing models is to call the relevant sales teams (at VMware or 3rd-party) and get quotes for both and then make a more informed decision.