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VMware vSphere Essentials Kits
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VMware vSphere for Small and Midsize Business

VMware Licensing
VMware vSphere 6
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Kit for 3 hosts (Max 2 processors per host)
- Note: Purchase of Subscription is required!
#VS6-ESSL-KIT-C
Our Price: $495.00
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Plus Kit for 3 hosts (Max 2 processors per host)
- Note: Purchase of SnS is required!
#VS6-ESP-KIT-C
Our Price: $4,495.00

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Overview:

At a Glance

VMware vSphere® Essentials Kit and Essentials Plus Kit deliver the industry-leading virtualization platform at an affordable price for IT environments that run 20 or fewer server workloads. With vSphere Essentials Plus Kit, a small business can leverage a comprehensive and cost-effective virtualization solution to protect its business, reduce its IT footprint, and save on IT costs.

Key Benefits

  • Provide business continuity and always-available IT
  • Reduce IT footprint and simplify management
  • Save on IT hardware costs
  • Improve service levels and application quality
  • Strengthen security and data protection

What Is VMware vSphere?

VMware vSphere, the industry leading virtualization platform, empowers users to virtualize scale-up and scale-out applications 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 dramatically reduces data center cost, increases system and application uptime, and drastically simplifies the way you operate your 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 simplifies IT by separating applications and operating systems (OSs) from the underlying hardware. Your existing applications see dedicated resources, but your servers can be managed as a pool of resources. The result is that your business runs on a simplified yet resilient IT environment.

What Are vSphere Essentials Kit and Essentials Plus Kit?

vSphere Essentials Kit and Essentials Plus Kit are designed for small businesses that are getting started with virtualization. Both provide virtualization and centralized management for up to three server hosts. vSphere Essentials Kit provides server consolidation to help you get the most out of your hardware and reduce hardware costs.

vSphere Essentials Plus Kit provides business continuity with a smaller IT footprint, which reduces overall hardware costs. Small businesses can ensure business continuity without shared storage hardware by using features such as vSphere High Availability (automatic restart of applications when server failures are detected) and vSphere vMotion® (elimination of planned downtime during server maintenance). Protect your business applications and data with features such as VMware vSphere Data Protection™ (agent-less, image-level VM backup/recovery and application-aware protection for business critical applications) and VMware vShield Endpoint™ (agentless antivirus and antimalware protection for virtual machines). vSphere Replication™ adds low-cost replication for your virtual machines and provides a foundation for small businesses to leverage a cloud-based disaster-recovery solution from a VMware cloud service provider.

The result is an always-available IT environment that is more cost-effective, resilient and responsive to changing business needs. As small businesses grow and their needs increase, they can easily upgrade to vSphere with Operations Management Acceleration Kits for more-advanced capabilities.

How Are vSphere Essentials Kit and Essentials Plus Kit Used?

  • Maximize application availability and protect information assets – Achieve always-available IT with live migration for virtual machines and high availability for applications in virtualmachine clusters. Protect your data with the reliability of vSphere and integrated backup, recovery and failover features.
  • Consolidate and optimize IT investments – Achieve consolidation ratios of 10:1 or higher and improve hardware utilization from 5–15 percent to 80 percent or more without sacrificing application performance.
  • Simplify management and enhance productivity – Provision new applications in minutes instead of days or weeks, monitor virtual-machine performance and automate patch and update management.
  • Streamline software development – Safely test complex multitier configurations in a secure, isolated sandbox environment while enabling test and development teams to share server, network and storage infrastructure.

Key Features:

VMware vSphere Essentials Kit and Essentials Plus Kit include the following key features and components:

  • VMware ESXi™ hypervisor architecture provides a robust, production-proven, high-performance virtualization layer that enables multiple virtual machines to share hardware resources with performance that can match or exceed native throughput.
  • VMware vCenter Server for Essentials provides centralized management and performance monitoring for all virtual machines and vSphere hosts with built-in physical-to-virtual (P2V) machine conversion and rapid provisioning, using virtual-machine templates.
  • VMware vSphere VMFS enables virtual machines to access shared storage devices (Fibre Channel, iSCSI, etc.) and is a key enabling technology for other components such as VMware vSphere Storage vMotion®.
  • 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 vStorage APIs provide integration with supported third-party data protection.
  • VMware vCenter Update Manager™ automates tracking, patching and updating for vSphere hosts and for applications and OSs running in VMware virtual machines.
  • VMware vCenter Converter™ enables IT administrators to rapidly convert physical servers and third-party virtual machines to VMware virtual machines.
  • VMware vCenter Operations Manager Foundation enables you to leverage comprehensive views into health, risk and efficiency scores of your vSphere environment infrastructure. Quickly drill down to see what's causing current workload conditions, pinpoint potential problems in the future and identify areas with inefficient use of resources.
  • Hardware compatibility is possible with the broadest range of 32- and 64-bit servers and OSs, storage and networking equipment and enterprise management tools.

VMware vSphere Essentials Plus Kit includes the following business-continuity features and components for alwaysavailable IT:

  • vSphere High Availability provides cost-effective, automated restart within minutes for all applications in the event of hardware or OS failures.
  • vSphere vMotion enables live migration of virtual machines across servers with no disruption to users or service loss, eliminating the need to schedule application downtime for server maintenance.
  • VMware vSphere Data Protection™ is VMware's backup and replication solution, powered by EMC Avamar. It delivers storage-efficient 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 agent-less, 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.
  • vShield Endpoint provides agentless antivirus and antimalware protection to secure your virtual machines.
  • vSphere Replication provides low-cost replication for your virtual machine and serves as the foundation for leveraging a cloud-based disaster-recovery solution from a VMware cloud service provider.

How To Buy:

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 vSphere Essentials Plus Kit with vSphere Storage Appliance
Benefits of vSphere Essentials Plus Kit, with vSphere Storage Appliance add-on that enables business continuity without shared storage hardware requirements

Support:

VMware Production 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 Basic 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 Essentials and Essentials Plus Kits Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

VMware Licensing
VMware vSphere 6
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Kit for 3 hosts (Max 2 processors per host)
- Note: Purchase of Subscription is required!
#VS6-ESSL-KIT-C
Our Price: $495.00
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Plus Kit for 3 hosts (Max 2 processors per host)
- Note: Purchase of SnS is required!
#VS6-ESP-KIT-C
Our Price: $4,495.00
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Kit Subscription
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Kit Subscription Only, 1 Year
- Note: Purchase of VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Kit(VS6-ESSL-KIT-C) is required!
#VS6-ESSL-SUB-C
Our Price: $65.00
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Kit Subscription Only, 3 Years
- Note: Purchase of VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Kit(VS6-ESSL-KIT-C) is required!
#VS6-ESSL-3SUB-C
Our Price: $171.60
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Plus Kit Support and Subscription
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Plus Kit Basic Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#VS6-ESP-KIT-G-SSS-C
Our Price: $944.00
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Plus Kit Basic Support/Subscription, 3 Years
#VS6-ESP-KIT-3G-SSS-C
Our Price: $2,492.16
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Plus Kit Production Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#VS6-ESP-KIT-P-SSS-C
Our Price: $1,124.00
VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Plus Kit Production Support/Subscription, 3 Years
#VS6-ESP-KIT-3P-SSS-C
Our Price: $2,967.36