vCenter Operations Management – vC Ops Foundation now free with vSphere

It was mentioned on Twitter last night that VMware is now offering vC Ops Foundation for free with your Paid vSphere licensing. This was news to me, not sure if this is new along with the vSOM announcement yesterday also. This is a pretty cool thing, now shops have access to the base performance analytics that VMware vC Ops offers. Sure you are not going to get the advanced reporting, capacity planning, right sizing or custom options. But this will give you much more visibility into the performance of your environment than you are getting with vCenter stats.

I definitely recommend that all shops should look into purchasing the higher vC Ops licensing level but if you have nothing you will benefit from running Foundation product. You can view the different licensing levels for vC Ops here. So I recommend that you find out how to get access to this and get it installed and collecting data.

Below is a copy of the text from VMware’s site here.

vCenter Operations Manager Foundation

Get started with this new, entry-level edition of the vCenter Operations Management Suite. Gain deep operational insights and visibility to improve the performance and health of your vSphere environment. vCenter Operations Manager Foundation is included with every vSphere edition free of charge.

 

 

 

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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Say hello to vSOM or vSphere with Operations Management

Continuing on its recent path of creating Software Suites out of its popular products, VMware has announced the creations of vSOM. vSOM is the marriage of vSphere and vCenter Operations Management Standard edition. I think these seems like a pretty good idea, it will allow customers to purchase vC Ops and license it per socket much like in the vCloud Suite. But vSOM will allow customers not ready for vCloud to take advantage of Suite pricing.

Pricing and Availability
VMware vSphere with Operations Management is expected to be available in Q1 2013, and will be offered in three editions: Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus.  Pricing starts at $1,745 per processor with no core, vRAM or number of VM limits. Go to VMware vSphere Pricing/Buy page. For a limited time, existing VMware vSphere edition customers will be able to upgrade to VMware vSphere with Operations Management editions or Acceleration Kits at 15 percent off the list price. New customers will be able to purchase VMware vSphere with Operations Management Acceleration Kits at 15 percent off the list price.

Based on the above paragraph it seems that VMware will offer three versions of vSOM. They seem to mirror the 3 upper versions of vSphere being sold. What is not clear at this point is if the version of vC Ops also follows the same pattern or will vC Ops Standard be part of each level of vSOM with only the vSphere level changing.

You can review the versions of vC Ops available and their features here.

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About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design

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