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VMware CEO alludes to looming virtualization licensing changes

Who says nothing new gets discussed at VMworld Europe that wasn't already said at the U.S. VMworld? That's been a common complaint ever since VMware decided to shorten the six-month separation between the two shows to a mere six weeks.

But this year at VMworld Europe in Copenhagen, there was a new discussion topic that has lately proven to be not so popular within the VMware virtualization community: licensing changes.

Last week during the event, VMware CEO Paul Maritz offered his own assessment of how he sees the pricing model for virtualization and cloud computing evolving over the next decade.

"We are going to have to move toward more of a consumption-based model. This is where we are going," Maritz said at a Q&A session during VMworld Europe. "We are trying to keep the licensing stable for as long as we can, but in 10 years from now, things will have changed quite radically."

With virtualization host servers getting beefier and beefier, customers are able to put more and more virtual machines on a single server. Today, it isn't uncommon for someone to get a VM to physical server density of 50:1 or even 100:1. Moore's Law is definitely on the customer's side as they are able to continuously increase the population size of VMs per host.

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Read the entire InfoWorld Virtualization Report article.

Published Monday, October 24, 2011 5:44 AM by David Marshall
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