How to Prepare for VMware Licensing Changes

How To prepare for VMware licensing changes:

  • Assess current VMware usage and needs.
  • Explore alternatives, like Nutanix, for virtualization.
  • Consider renegotiating terms with VMware or transitioning to other providers.
  • Develop a strategy aligning with your IT and business goals.

Understanding the Shift in VMware Licensing:

How to Prepare for VMware Licensing Changes

Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware marks a pivotal shift from traditional perpetual licenses to a subscription-based model.

This change signifies a strategic move towards continuous service delivery, aligning with current trends in software consumption.

Organizations must understand that this shift could significantly affect budgeting, IT operations, and long-term planning.

Timeline for Transitioning from License to Subscription:

Timeline for Transitioning from License to Subscription

Transitioning to subscription-based licensing will not happen overnight. Organizations should start preparing now and keep an eye on official timelines released by VMware.

Early preparation will help mitigate risks associated with the transition, ensuring business continuity.

VMware’s Strategy and Impact on Customers:

VMware will most likely increase audit activities if they identify a shortfall; the solution is to move to a subscription model.

This means you should be confident about your licensing position before you initiate any negotiation with VMware about subscription discounts.

Exploring Non-VMware Alternatives:

While adapting to VMware’s new model, organizations should consider alternatives like Nutanix. Nutanix offers a range of cloud and virtualization solutions that might align better with specific business needs.

Evaluating such options is crucial in ensuring your IT infrastructure remains robust, flexible, and cost-effective.

What You Need to Know to Understand Your VMware Options:

What You Need to Know to Understand Your VMware Options
  1. VMware Licensing Position: Evaluate your current licensing status. This involves understanding your existing agreements, usage, and compliance.
  2. VMware Product Offerings: Familiarize yourself with VMware’s product suite and how each offering aligns with your business needs.
  3. VMware Discount Flexibility: Investigate the possibility of discounts or special terms under the new model.
  4. Virtualization Strategy: Decide whether to continue with VMware or explore alternatives. This decision should align with your broader IT and business strategies.

Once you’ve gathered this information, develop a strategy that suits your organization’s specific needs and future goals.

Preparation Checklist:

  1. Licensing Assessment: Conduct a thorough review of your current VMware environment. Understand your usage patterns, essential services, and future needs.
  2. Review All Options: Assess the feasibility of migration to other platforms like Nutanix, renegotiating with VMware, or a complete overhaul of your virtualization strategy.
  3. Execute Your Strategy: Whether transitioning to a different provider, staying with VMware, or a mix of both, execute your plan with a clear understanding of the implications.

Expert Assistance:

Navigating such a significant change can be challenging. If you need specialized help, Redress Compliance offers expert services to guide you through this transition.

Contact us today.


  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson brings two decades of Oracle license management experience, including a nine-year tenure at Oracle and 11 years in Oracle license consulting. His expertise extends across leading IT corporations like IBM, enriching his profile with a broad spectrum of software and cloud projects. Filipsson's proficiency encompasses IBM, SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce platforms, alongside significant involvement in Microsoft Copilot and AI initiatives, enhancing organizational efficiency.

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