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VMware Licensing VP: CPU Pricing Change Has ‘Zero Impact’

‘AMD has a few levels above 32 cores. For those that are, we tried to be as flexible as possible in giving customers a fair amount of time to grandfather them in with the goal being zero impact to our existing customers,’ says VMware’s Ryan Knauss, vice president of licensing and pricing.

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There are a lot of deadlines in terms of when this new licensing policy will take effect and free licenses. Can you break down the important deadlines?

To first sum it up briefly, on April 2 the new policy goes into effect. On April 30, if the customer has purchased hardware that is more than 32 cores with our software, we’ll grandfather you in so there’s no surprise. Then on Jan 29, 2021, you just need to claim those free licenses for hardware purchased before April 30. We wanted to give customers as much time as possible and as much notification so there’s no surprise.

So April 2, 2020 is the day that the new policy goes into effect. Effectively, all of our products licensed on a per-processor basis on or after April 2. If before April 30, customers have purchased either our software and hardware that has greater than 32 cores, we’ll grandfather them in to this unlimited core processor model. That translates into we will give free licenses to cover the additional cores on or before April 30. The final key date is June 29, 2021. So we’re giving customers nearly a full year to actually claim those additional licenses. We realize that customers may be out buying hardware today or before April 30 and may not actually not physically deploy that hardware for a few months, so we wanted to give as much flexibility for customers to come back and claim those free licenses.

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