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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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So what’s VMware’s software licensing model strategy for the future?

You want your software model to align, particularly if it’s that on-premise deployment, to the way that the hardware is being procured. As that model evolves, you have folks that are increasingly doing shorter-term leases or some folks are doing on-demand on the hardware front -- they’ll want that software model to align there as well. Part of my goal is that we’re meeting the demand for all of our customers across these different use cases. I do see more in terms of either some type of hybrid licensing environment where there’s on-premise, off-premise components, but more term-based licenses as well. We have no plans near-term to do a holistic flip of our licensing model to anything like term or subscription – not to say that won’t change at some point down the road. But as of today and for this upcoming year, there’s nothing planned on doing a holistic licensing model change.

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