VMware vSphere 6 Editions Overview

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This article describes all the important differences between the various VMware vSphere 6 editions.

Information about the price differences can be found at Thomas Krenn VMware vSphere 6 License Configurator (Downgrade to vSphere 5 possible).[1]

VMware Server Systems

VMware vSphere 6 Editions for Smaller Environments

VMware vSphere 6 Essentials and VMware vSphere 6 Essentials Plus packages must be considered separately. They have been specifically designed for small businesses and can virtualize up to three physical servers. Central management of these servers is only possible via vCenter Server for Essentials. vCenter Server Standard, which allows central management of any number of physical host servers, can only be used with regular vSphere licenses with or without vSOM.

The essential packages can be upgraded to the various Acceleration Kits! Please contact us for specific inquiries.

Feature VMware Hypervisor (prev. ESXi Single Server) Essentials
Essentials Plus
Phys. RAM limit Host limit 12TB Host limit 12TB Host limit 12TB
vCenter Server compatibility None vCenter Server for Essentials (up to 3 physical servers) vCenter Server for Essentials (up to 3 physical servers)
Licenses For 1 physical server For 3 physical servers (max. 2 processors per server) For 3 physical servers (max. 2 processors per server)
Unlimited number of virtual machines? No known limit No known limit No known limit
vCPU limit 128

128

128

vCenter Server for Essentials Agent Yes Yes
Update Manager Yes Yes
vStorage APIs for Data Protection (prev. VCB) Yes Yes
HA functionality Yes
Data recovery Yes
vMotion Yes
vSAN Yes, optional
Cores per CPU No limits No limits No limits
Support and subscriptions Can be acquired separately One-year subscription included in price (Support is acquired on a per incident basis, more information available from VMware) – No Basic or Production Level subscriptions possible – multi-year subscriptions can be purchased Must be acquired with min. 12 months Basic or Production Support
Upgradeable? Yes Yes Yes
Price see Thomas Krenn VMware vSphere 6 License Configurator (Downgrade to vSphere 5 possible)[1]
Feature VMware Hypervisor (prev. ESXi Single Server) Essentials
Essentials Plus

VMware vSphere 6 Editions for Larger Companies

Product VMware Hypervisor (prev. ESXi Single Server)
Standard
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Type of licensing Per CPU Per CPU Per CPU
vCPU limit

128

128

128

128

vCenter Server compatibility None vCenter Server Standard vCenter Server Standard vCenter Server Standard
Thin provisioning Yes Yes Yes Yes
vSAN Yes, optional Yes, optional Yes, optional
Update Manager Yes Yes Yes
Data recovery Yes Yes Yes
High availability Yes Yes Yes
vMotion Yes Yes Yes
Storage APIs for data protection Yes Yes Yes
Hot add Yes Yes Yes
Replication Yes Yes Yes
vShield zones Yes Yes Yes
Fault tolerance Yes Yes Yes
Storage vMotion Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Serial Port Concentrator Yes Yes
Storage APIs for storage integration Yes Yes
Storage APIs for multipathing Yes Yes
Distributed Resource Scheduler + DPM Yes Yes
Big data extentions Yes Yes
Reliable memory Yes Yes
Storage I/O control Yes
Network I/O control Yes
Distributed switch Yes
Host profiles Yes
Auto deploy Yes
Storage DRS Yes
Profile Driven Storage Yes
SR-IOV Yes
Flash read cache Yes
AppHA Yes
vSOM Not available The individual licenses are available with and without vSphere Operations Management
Price see Thomas Krenn VMware vSphere 6 License Configurator (Downgrade to vSphere 5 possible)[1]
Product ESXi Hypervisor
(only with ESXi)
Standard
(only with ESXi)
Enterprise
(only with ESXi)
Enterprise Plus
(only with ESXi)

VMware vSphere Acceleration Kits with Operations Manager (vSOM)

The vSOM Standard licenses from the vSOM Standard Acc. Kits can be combined with existing Standard licenses without vSOM and managed via vCenter. Should one wish to add vSOM, this can be activated on request via an upgrade.

Info/feature Acc. Kit Standard with vSOM
Acc. Kit Enterprise with vSOM
Acc. Kit Enterprise Plus with vSOM
Features vSphere Standard + vCenter Operations Management Suite
for 6 processors
vSphere Enterprise + vCenter Operations Management Suite
for 6 processors
vSphere Enterprise Plus + vCenter Operations Management Suite
for 6 processors
vCenter Server Version vCenter Standard vCenter Standard vCenter Standard
Unlimited number of VMs? Yes Yes Yes
Price see Thomas Krenn VMware vSphere 6 License Configurator (Downgrade to vSphere 5 possible)[1]
Info/feature Acc. Kit Standard with vSOM
Acc. Kit Enterprise with vSOM
Acc. Kit Enterprise Plus with vSOM

VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions

Info/feature vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard
vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Advanced
vMotion Yes Yes
Storage vMotion Yes Yes
High availability Yes Yes
Data protection Yes Yes
Fault tolerance Two vCPUs Two vCPUs
vShield Endpoint Yes Yes
vSphere Replication Yes Yes
Hot add Yes Yes
Host Profiles and Auto Deploy Yes
Distributed switch Yes
Info/feature vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard
vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Advanced

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Downgrade from vSphere 6.0 to a previous version of vSphere 5.x (www.vmware.com)

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