Understanding VMware Licensing Cost

Understanding VMware Licensing Costs and Options

VMware is a leading virtualization software provider, offering solutions that enable businesses to run multiple operating systems and applications on a single physical server.

However, one of the most common questions about VMware is, ‘How much does it cost?’

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the factors that affect VMware licensing cost, the different licensing options available, and how to choose the right option for your organization.

Factors that Can Affect VMware Licensing Costs

Several factors affect the cost of VMware licensing, including:

  • Edition.
    VMware offers several different editions of its software, each with different features and capabilities. The cost of each edition varies depending on the features included.
  • Number of Licenses.
    The more licenses you need, the higher the cost will be. VMware offers volume discounts for organizations that purchase large numbers of permits.
  • Support.
    VMware offers different levels of support for its software, including essential support, production support, and mission-critical support. The cost of each level of support varies.
  • Renewal.
    VMware licenses are typically valid for one year, and you’ll need to renew your license each year to continue using the software. The cost of renewal varies depending on the edition, the number of licenses, and the level of support.
  • Add-Ons.
    VMware offers a range of add-ons for its software, including management and automation tools, security solutions, and disaster recovery solutions. The cost of these add-ons varies depending on the features included.

The Different VMware Licensing Options

VMware offers several different licensing options to suit different business needs. Here are some of the most popular options:

  • Per-Processor Licensing.
    This licensing option is based on your server’s number of physical processors. You’ll need to purchase a license for each physical processor.
  • Virtual RAM Licensing.
    This licensing option is based on the amount of virtual RAM (vRAM) used by your virtual machines. You’ll need to purchase a license for each block of vRAM used.
  • User-Based Licensing.
    This licensing option is based on the number of users that access your virtual machines. You’ll need to purchase a license for each user that accesses your virtual machines.
  • Cloud Provider Program.
    This licensing option is designed for service providers offering their customers cloud-based services. It allows you to license VMware software on a pay-as-you-go basis.

VMware Licensing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

VMware licensing cost varies depending on several factors, including the edition, the number of licenses, the level of support, and any add-ons you purchase.

Choosing the right licensing option for your organization can be challenging, but understanding the different options available and the factors that affect cost can help you make an informed decision.

Consider your business needs and budget when choosing a licensing option, and don’t hesitate to contact us.


  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson possesses 20 years of experience in Oracle license management. Having worked at Oracle for 9 years, he gained an additional 11 years of expertise in Oracle license consulting projects. Fredrik has provided assistance to over 150 organizations worldwide, ranging in size and tackling various Oracle licensing challenges, including Licensing Assessments, Oracle audits, Oracle ULAs, and more.