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VMware has created a subscription service based on vSphere Standard, an edition of its flagship that's mostly aimed at server consolidation. Sold for just $1,349 per year, vSphere Standard includes the virtualization, storage, networking and DR tools needed to run a small fleet of hosts and virtual machines. But it omits …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Come on, please get some proof-readers:

    "has wrote"

    1. Jou (Mxyzptlk) Silver badge

      Upvote from me. I don't care about forum typos, but the article of a supposedly/former British website shouldn't write that way. I didn't even spot it, probably autocorrected-in-brain.

  2. NoneSuch Silver badge

    "Like every other software vendor, VMware is under pressure to move to subscriptions so it can predict revenue more easily and doesn't have to upsell customers quite so often."

    Who the F is putting vendors under pressure for subscription model pricing? Paying a vendor forever is not something I want to do and something I actively avoid where possible. I've never met anyone who said "Oh yes, I'd love to pay X Company monthly until the end of time regardless of their updates, issues or quality."

    Once again, what makes accountants happy screws over both the business and consumer long term.

    Who will think of the children icon, because, yeah...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Investorts are the answer to your question of course

      And they, as always, are myopic and have such a very hard time seeing past their next quarterly earnings statement.

      The idea of offering a one time discount that will then effectively double the cost per core is practically revolutionary thinking to their kind. It involves thinking across more than four(!) quarters. What customer could possibly be that clever?

      In reality most of us were getting fleeced for a support contract, and using the attached upgrade rights, so we were already on the treadmill of revolving fees. This is just a pretext to drive up the TCO to cover the cost of acquisition. One of what will become an endless treadmill under new owners.

      I suspect many of those small accounts for the new "standard" subscription could port over to HyperV as readily. The tooling isn't pretty, and M$ keeps breaking stuff in patches, but if you were running windows workloads anyway, it might be a saner play then the "what's around the next bend" roller coaster that VMware is on right now. If M$ got it's act together now it could even grab some market share, but let's not hold our breath right?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Investorts are the answer to your question of course

        Hyper-V will be going the way of the dodo, the hyper-v only installer is gone (based on 2019 is the last one), whats left is in the standard server install. New features are not being added. It will be replaced with Azure Stack HCI, requiring, you guessed it, monthly usage fees, connected to Azure.

        1. Jou (Mxyzptlk) Silver badge

          Re: Investorts are the answer to your question of course

          I don't know anyone who actually really used that free Hyper-V only server. All of them switched to a normal core or GUI installation quite fast. Simple reason: To manage that free Hyper-V thing you either have it joined your AD and manage it from another server, or you have to use a huge amount of ugly hacks to manage and use it. And if you already have an AD, you already have a license. And even if you don't, cause you run in "endless please activate me" mode at home, you don't want to waste your time with that one.

          Hyper-V itself is far from joining Dodo.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Investorts are the answer to your question of course

            if you are managing hyper-v on the server itself (using hyper-v manager), you do not have many hyper-v servers, management of hyper-v is remote if you use more than 1 node / clusters.

            Full hyper-v management suite is in System Center, or via Azure Server Management Tools.

            System Center is going dodo also, new features not being added, others being removed. They want you to use Azure.

            Best integration and new features are being added to Azure Stack HCI. This is being done because they want you to use Azure, not on prem, but if you insist, they want you to pay like you are in Azure, so only add the new features into a different product (based upon the same underlying system, hyper-v).

            They don't want you to use plain old hyper-v for anything other than running a VM or 2 on your desktop, so will kill it off by making it only usable for that.

    2. LateAgain

      It's often the first step to the "constant update" cycle. Locks you in. Every install is by default out of date and hence insecure and unsupported.

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