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Scale Computing CEO Jeff Ready Slams VMware Licensing Increase

‘I’d imagine that there’s a lot of customers who are scratching their head over what this means for them and perhaps opens the doors for us and our partners when those customers come up for renewal,’ says Scale Computing CEO Jeff Ready in an interview with CRN.

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What is your take on VMware’s licensing change?

At the highest level, this is a punch to the nose to AMD. AMD sees an opportunity to build higher-core-count single CPUs because they have licensing advantages and other advantages as well, but one of the big ones is that licensing advantage. I’ve seen a bunch of customers that want to move over to those higher-core-count types of CPUs. Now all of a sudden, ‘Oh, one VMware license doesn’t cover you anymore. You’re going to need two, or four, or whatever amount of licensing it works out to be.’ While that hurts everybody, it’s evidence that maybe VMware doesn’t understand the edge computing in the midmarket where we play.

I can see instances where, if I’m trying to run VDI [virtual desktop infrastructure] at the edge—whether that’s a remote office or a retail establishment—and I’m looking to deploy a single CPU in one box or in one cluster, you can see how these costs can go way up. If I go from, ‘I need one license in one server or I need one license across three different servers in a cluster,’ if all of a sudden I double or triple that licensing cost, that could tank the entire infrastructure. Because that licensing for VMware is a big part of the expense of deploying something out in those edge environments. Now it’s potentially much worse. All of that is fine by me, of course. It strengthens our story.

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