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VMware vSphere 6
VMware vSphere 6 Standard
- Note: Purchase of SnS is required!
#VS6-STD-C
Our Price: $995.00
VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus
- Note: Purchase of SnS is required!
#VS6-EPL-C
Our Price: $3,495.00

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Overview:

At a Glance

VMware vSphere®, the industry-leading virtualization platform, empowers users to virtualize any application with confidence, redefines availability and simplifies the virtual data center. The result is a highly available, resilient, on-demand infrastructure that is the ideal foundation of any cloud environment.

Key Benefits

  • Efficiency through utilization and automation – Achieve consolidation ratios of 15:1 or more and improve hardware utilization from 5–15 percent to as much as 80 percent or more—without sacrificing performance.
  • Maximize uptime across your cloud infrastructure – Reduce unplanned downtime and eliminate planned downtime for server and storage maintenance.
  • Dramatically lower IT costs – Reduce capital expenditures by up to 70 percent and operational expenditures by up to 30 percent to achieve 20–30 percent lower IT infrastructure costs for each application running on vSphere.
  • Agility with control – Respond quickly to changing business needs without sacrificing security or control, and deliver zero-touch infrastructure with built-in availability, scalability and performance guarantees for all business-critical applications running on vSphere.
  • Freedom of choice – Use a common, standards based platform to leverage existing IT assets alongside next-generation IT services, and enhance vSphere through open APIs with solutions from a global ecosystem of leading technology providers.

What is vSphere?

VMware vSphere , the industry-leading virtualization platform, empowers users to virtualize any application with confidence, redefines availability and simplifies the virtual data center. The result is a highly available, resilient, on-demand infrastructure that is the ideal foundation of any cloud environment. This can drive down data center cost, increase system and application uptime, and drastically simplify the way IT runs the data center. vSphere is purpose-built for the next generation of applications and serves as the core foundational building block for the

Software-Defined Data Center.

vSphere accelerates the shift to cloud computing for existing data centers and also underpins compatible public cloud offerings, forming the foundation for the industry's only hybrid cloud model. With the support of more than 3,000 applications from more than 2,000 ISV partners, vSphere is the trusted platform for any application.

How Is vSphere Used?

  • Virtualize Applications with Confidence – Deliver enhanced scale, performance and availability that enables users to virtualize scale-up and scale-out applications with confidence.
  • Simplify Management of the Virtual Data Center – Manage the creation, sharing, deployment, and migration of virtual machines with powerful yet simple and intuitive tools.
  • Data Center Migration and Maintenance – Perform live workload migrations and data center maintenance with zero application downtime.
  • Transform Storage for Virtual Machines – Enable your external storage arrays to operate in a more VM-centric manner that increases performance and efficiency for your virtual machine operations.
  • Enable Choice in How to Build and Operate Cloud Environments – Build and operate cloud environments that fit your needs using vSphere and the VMware stack or open-source frameworks such as OpenStack and the VMware Integrated OpenStack add-on.

Key Features:

Virtualization Platform

  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor Architecture provides a robust, production-proven, high-performance virtualization layer. It enables multiple virtual machines to share hardware resources with performance that can match (and in some cases exceed) native throughput.
  • VMware vSphere Virtual Symmetric Multiprocessing enables the use of ultra-powerful virtual machines that possess up to 128 virtual CPUs.
  • VMware vSphere Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) allows virtual machines to access shared storage devices (Fibre Channel, iSCSI, etc.) and is a key enabling technology for other vSphere components such as VMware vSphere Storage vMotion®.
  • VMware vSphere Storage APIs provide integration with supported third-party data protection, multipathing and disk array solutions.
  • VMware vSphere Thin Provisioning provides dynamic allocation of shared storage capacity, enabling IT organizations to implement a tiered storage strategy while reducing storage spending by up to 50 percent.
  • VMware vSphere vMotion® enables live migration of virtual machines between servers and across virtual switches with no disruption to users or loss of service, eliminating the need to schedule application downtime for planned server maintenance.
  • VMware vSphere Storage vMotion enables live migration of virtual-machine disks with no disruption to users, eliminating the need to schedule application downtime for planned storage maintenance or storage migrations.
  • VMware vSphere High Availability (HA) provides cost-effective, automated restart within minutes for all applications if a hardware or operating system failure occurs.
  • VMware vSphere Fault Tolerance (FT) provides continuous availability of any application in the event of a hardware failure – with no data loss or downtime. For workloads up to 2-vCPU.
  • VMware vSphere Data Protection™ is VMware's backup and replication solution, powered by EMC Avamar. It delivers storageefficient backups through patented variable-length deduplication, rapid recovery and WAN-optimized replication for DR. Its vSphere-integration and simple user interface makes it an easy and effective backup tool for vSphere. It provides agentless, image-level VM backups to disk and application-aware protection for business-critical applications (e.g., Exchange, SQL Server) along with WAN-efficient, encrypted backup replication across sites.
  • VMware vShield Endpoint™ secures virtual machines with offloaded antivirus and antimalware solutions without the need for agents inside the virtual machine.
  • VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes enables abstraction for external storage (SAN and NAS) devices making them VM-aware.
  • VMware vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management allows common management across storage tiers and dynamic storage class of service automation via a policy-driven control plane.

Additional Components Available in Enterprise Edition

  • VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler™ provides dynamic, hardware-independent load balancing and resource allocation for virtual machines in a cluster, using policy-driven automation to reduce management complexity while meeting SLAs.
  • VMware vSphere Distributed Power Management™ automates energy efficiency in vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler clusters by continuously optimizing server power consumption within each cluster.
  • VMware vSphere Reliable Memory places critical vSphere components (such as the hypervisor) into memory regions identified as "reliable" on supported hardware. This further protects components from an uncorrectable memory error.
  • VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions run Hadoop on vSphere to achieve higher utilization, reliability and agility. vSphere Big Data Extensions support multiple Hadoop distributions and make it seamless for IT to deploy, run and manage Hadoop workloads on one common platform.

Additional Components Available in Enterprise Plus Edition(also inclusive of Enterprise Edition Components listed earlier)

  • VMware vSphere Distributed Switch simplifies and enhances virtual-machine networking in vSphere environments and enables those environments to use third-party distributed virtual switches.
  • VMware vSphere Storage I/O Control and VMware vSphere Network I/O Control set storage and network quality-of-service priorities for guaranteed access to resources.
  • VMware vSphere Auto Deploy™ performs quick, as-needed deployment of additional vSphere hosts. When vSphere Auto Deploy is running, it pushes out update images, eliminating patching and the need to schedule patch windows.
  • VMware vSphere Host Profiles help IT administrators simplify host deployment and compliance.
  • VMware vSphere Storage DRS™ automates load balancing by using storage characteristics to determine the best place for a virtual machine's data to reside, both when it is created and when it is used over time.

Compare:

Compare vSphere Editions

  Standard Enterprise Enterprise Plus
Overview Server consolidation and business continuity Resource load balancing Enhanced application availability and performance
Product Components
License entitlement Per 1 CPU Per 1 CPU Per 1 CPU
Centralized Management Compatibility
vCenter Server (sold separately) vCenter Server Standard vCenter Server Standard vCenter Server Standard
Centralized Management Compatibility
VMware Integrated OpenStack     Support for VMware Integrated OpenStack is sold separately

Product Features Standard Enterprise Enterprise Plus
Business Continuity and Security
vMotion (+ Cross vSwitch) (+ Cross vSwitch) (+ Cross vSwitch / Cross vCenter / Long Distance)
Storage vMotion
High Availability
Data Protection
Fault Tolerance 2-vCPU 2-vCPU 4-vCPU
vShield Endpoint
vSphere Replication
Hot Add
Resource Prioritization and Enhanced Application Performance
Virtual Volumes
Storage Policy-Based Management
Reliable Memory  
Big Data Extensions  
Virtual Serial Port Concentrator  
Distributed Resources Scheduler (DRS), Distributed Power Management (DPM)  
Storage DRS    
Storage I/O Control    
Network I/O Control    
Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) Support    
Flash Read Cache    
NVIDIA GRID vGPU    
Automated Administration and Provisioning
Content Library (+ Template Deployment)
Storage APIs for Array Integration, Multipathing
Distributed Switch    
Host Profiles and Auto Deploy    

Compare vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions

vSphere, the industry-leading virtualization platform, now helps you extend virtualization beyond your data center to remote sites and branch offices.

vSphere Remote Office Branch Office is designed specifically for IT infrastructure located in remote, distributed sites and delivers improved service levels, standardization, availability and compliance.

vSphere Remote Office Branch Office editions enable rapid provisioning of servers through virtualization, minimization of host configuration drift and enhanced visibility into regulatory compliance, across multiple sites. In addition, with vSphere's business continuity features, you can be assured of highly available IT infrastructure in your remote sites.

  vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Advanced
Overview Remote site server virtualization platform with business continuity and backup features Remote site server virtualization offering business continuity and backup with advanced features such as standardization of host configurations
Product Components
License entitlement Pack of 25 Virtual Machines Pack of 25 Virtual Machines
Centralized Management Capability
vCenter Server (sold separately) vCenter Server Standard vCenter Server Standard

vSphere (ESXi) and vCenter Server version 5.5U2 or above are required.


Product Features vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Advanced
Business Continuity and Security
vMotion
Storage vMotion
High Availability
Data Protection
Fault Tolerance 2-vCPU 4-vCPU
vShield Endpoint
vSphere Replication
Hot Add
Standardization and Compliance
Host Profilesand Auto Deploy  
Distributed Switch  

Compare vSphere Essentials Kits

vSphere Essentials Kits are for small businesses and combine virtualization for up to three physical servers with centralized management with vCenter for Essentials. vSphere Essentials Plus is also available with vSphere Storage Appliance.

Product Overview Essentials Kit Essentials Plus Kit
Overview Server virtualization and consolidation with centralized management Server virtualization and consolidation plus business continuity
Centralized Management vCenter Server Essentials vCenter Server Essentials
License entitlement 3 servers with up to 2 processors each 3 servers with up to 2 processors each
Features vSphere Hypervisor vSphere Hypervisor, vMotion, High Availability, Data Protection, vShield Endpoint, vSphere Replication

How To Buy:

The VMware vSphere pricing and licensing model explains vSphere costs and simplifies the experience of buying, deploying and managing VMware products

VMware vSphere can be purchased either through an all-in-one kit or a la carte editions. Kits are all-in-one offerings that deliver all the necessary licenses and features/functionality required to get virtualization running in an environment. Editions are a la carte offerings generally designed for larger or specific IT environments with a broader set of requirements.

Each edition includes a hypervisor as well as features to support basic server consolidation, improve availability, protect data, automate resource management and simplify management operations.

Prices listed are for licenses only; Production, Basic Subscription and Support (SnS), and Incident Support (for vSphere Essentials Kit) are sold separately. Paid upgrades are available for all vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management offerings below to all higher kits or editions.

VMware vSphere Editions

A la carte licensing that is priced on a per CPU basis. All editions must be used in conjunction with an existing or separately purchased vCenter Server edition. SnS is required for at least one year.

VMware vSphere Standard
Server consolidation and no planned downtime

VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus
Policy-based datacenter automation

VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions

A la carte licensing is priced in packs of 25 VMs (Virtual Machines). Editions can be used in conjunction with an existing or separately purchased vCenter Server edition. SnS is required for at least one year. The 25 VM pack can be distributed across multiple sites. A maximum of a single 25 VM pack can be used in a single remote location or branch office.

VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard
Remote site server virtualization platform with business continuity and backup features

VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Advanced
Remote site server virtualization offering business continuity and backup with advanced features such as standardization of host configurations

VMware vSphere Essentials Kits

All-in-one solutions that combine virtualization for up to three physical servers (up to two processors each) along with the centralized management capabilities of vCenter Server for Essentials. See description below for specific SnS rules per kit.

VMware vSphere Essentials Kit
Server consolidation with enterprise-class virtualization on the smallest budget

VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Kit
Server consolidation and business continuity for small environments

VMware vCenter Server Editions

VMware vCenter Server provides unified management for vSphere environments and is a required component of a complete VMware vSphere deployment. One instance of vCenter Server is required to centrally manage virtual machines and their hosts and to enable all vSphere features. SnS is required for at least one year.

VMware vCenter Server Standard
Large-scale management of VMware vSphere deployments for rapid provisioning, monitoring, orchestration, and control of virtual machines.

Support:

VMware Basic Support & Subscription

Weekday Support for Test, Dev and Non-Critical Deployments

  • Global, 12x5 access to support
  • Unlimited number of support requests
  • Remote Support
  • Online access to documentation and technical resources, knowledge base, discussion forums
  • Product updates and upgrades

Overview

VMware Basic Support is designed for non-critical applications and platforms that require support during normal business hours. Our global support centers have been strategically placed to provide you with fast and efficient access to the support center in your region. Each center is staffed with engineers that can provide industry-leading expertise in virtualization and years of experience supporting virtual infrastructure products in real-world customer environments. We are committed to delivering enterprise-class, worldwide support with a single objective in mind: your success.

VMware Production Support & Subscription Service

Technical Support, 12 Hours/Day, per published Business Hours, Mon. thru Fri.

  • Global, 24x7 support for Severity 1 issues
  • Fast response times for critical issues
  • Unlimited number of support requests
  • Remote Support
  • Online access to documentation and technical resources, knowledge base, discussion forums
  • Product updates and upgrades

Overview

VMware Production Support is designed with your production environments in mind. Our global support centers are staffed around the clock to provide you access to our industry-leading expertise in virtualization and years of experience supporting virtual infrastructure products in real-world customer environments. We are committed to delivering enterprise-class, worldwide support with a single objective in mind: your success.

Feature Production Support Basic Support
Hours of Operation1 24 Hours/Day
7 Days/Week
365 Days/Year
12 Hours/Day
Monday–Friday
Length of Service 1 or 3 Years 1 or 3 Years
Product Updates 2 Yes Yes
Product Upgrades 2 Yes Yes
Products Supported 3 All Products
(excluding VMware Fusion and VMware Player)
All Products
Method of Access Telephone/Web Telephone/Web
Response Method Telephone/Email Telephone/Email
Remote Support Yes Yes
Root Cause Analysis Available only with Business Critical or Mission Critical Support Offering Available only with Business Critical or Mission Critical Offering
Access to VMware Web Site Yes Yes
Access to VMware Discussion Forums and Knowledge Base Yes Yes
Max Number of Technical Contacts per Contract 6 4
Number of Support Requests Unlimited Unlimited
Target Response Times
Critical (Severity 1)
Major (Severity 2)
Minor (Severity 3)
Cosmetic (Severity 4)

30 minutes or less: 24x7
4 business hours
8 business hours
12 business hours

4 business hours
8 business hours
12 business hours
12 business hours
Business Hours
North America
Alaska, Hawaii
Latin America

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

Asia, Pacific Rim, Japan (APJ)

Australia/New Zealand
Monday - Friday
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST/PDT)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (GMT/GMT+1)

8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Singapore Time)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sydney AET)
Monday - Friday
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST/PDT)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (GMT/GMT+1)

8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Singapore Time)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sydney AET)

1 Hours of operation for Gemstone are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST/PDT). Severity 1 issues are responded to 24x7.
2 Product updates and upgrades are not included with Basic Support and Subscription Service for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware.
Product updates and upgrades are not included with Production Support and Subscription Service for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware.
3 VMware Fusion Professional and VMware Workstation require a minimum of ten (10) licenses in order to purchase Basic support. VMware Workstation requires a minimum of ten (10) licenses in order to purchase Production Support.

Documentation:

Download the VMware vSphere Datasheet (PDF).

Download the What's New in VMware vSphere 6? (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

VMware Licensing
VMware vSphere 6
VMware vSphere 6 Standard
- Note: Purchase of SnS is required!
#VS6-STD-C
Our Price: $995.00
VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus
- Note: Purchase of SnS is required!
#VS6-EPL-C
Our Price: $3,495.00
VMware vSphere 6 Standard Support and Subscription
VMware vSphere 6 Standard Basic Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#VS6-STD-G-SSS-C
Our Price: $273.00
VMware vSphere 6 Standard Basic Support/Subscription, 3 Years
#VS6-STD-3G-SSS-C
Our Price: $720.72
VMware vSphere 6 Standard Production Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#VS6-STD-P-SSS-C
Our Price: $323.00
VMware vSphere 6 Standard Production Support/Subscription, 3 Years
#VS6-STD-3P-SSS-C
Our Price: $852.72
VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus Support and Subscription
VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus Basic Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#VS6-EPL-G-SSS-C
Our Price: $734.00
VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus Basic Support/Subscription, 3 Years
#VS6-EPL-3G-SSS-C
Our Price: $1,937.76
VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus Production Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#VS6-EPL-P-SSS-C
Our Price: $874.00
VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus Production Support/Subscription, 3 Years
#VS6-EPL-3P-SSS-C
Our Price: $2,307.36
VMware vSphere Upgrades
Upgrade: VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus to vSphere 6 with Operations Management Enterprise Plus for 1 Processor
#VS6-EPL-OEPL-UG-C
Our Price: $990.00
Upgrade: VMware vSphere 6 Standard to vSphere 6 with Operations Management Enterprise Plus for 1 Processor
#VS6-STD-OEPL-UG-C
Our Price: $3,740.00
Upgrade: VMware vSphere 6 Standard to vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus for 1 Processor
#VS6-STD-EPL-UG-C
Our Price: $2,750.00