VMware NSX Pricing Unveiled: What Are Your Thoughts?
One of the most asked questions about VMware NSX has definitely been around the pricing of the product. VMware has stayed relatively quiet as they moved through the first portion of their general availability release of their landmark SDN product.
Licensing By Use – Is a Per-VM Model Right?
Advocates for competing SDN products are hitting back at VMware for what is being referred to as the “VM tax” due to a per VM/per month pricing model as presented by VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger. Early reports show that the price of the NSX platform has a per-CPU charge at the host for perpetual licensing, and a term license will apply at $34 per-VM.
Although Cisco is rallying against VMware because of its competing ACI platform, we are yet to see full price information and product launch details until their GA release which is scheduled for summer of this year. There will be some animated discussions as to whether using a per-VM model is the appropriate approach for an organization, and it will undoubtedly create some heated marketing campaigns around it.
Customers On Board
Along with the pricing details that came out, there were announcements of successful adoption by over 100 paying customers. This was also a point of contention with competitors, but as we have seen from this CRN article that recaps the recent news, there is definitely a growing adoption of the NSX product line.