VMware Unveils Cloud Pricing Model, Beefs Up Cloud Provider Program

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VMware's Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering includes access to VMware vSphere, which lays down a virtualization foundation on which cloud services can be built; VMware vCloud Director, which allows the deployment of pre-configured or custom-built cloud services; vCenter Server, which provides scalable management of virtualized environments; and vCenter Chargeback, which provides for automated chargebacks in private cloud environments.

Starting this month, Infrastructure-as-a-Service pricing will be based on the amount of memory allocated to a virtual machine, Waters said. Prior to this, the pricing was on a per-virtual machine basis.

"We recognize that not all workloads are the same," he said. "Before, if you needed a service for two months, you would pay for the necessary virtual machines for those two months whether you used them or not. Now we charge in hourly increments for the virtual allocated RAM. This gives a more elastic pricing, and aligns our pricing model with that of cloud service providers."

The new allocated memory pricing model is only available for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Waters said. Other components in VMware's VSPP program have a variety of pricing models, depending the offering.

For instance, he said, a new service being added to VSPP focused on hosted e-mail services is charged according to the number of mailboxes.


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