I am very happy to share some very exciting news for VMware vSphere customers: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware – VMware’s OEMed version of Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) – is now available for free to customers with qualifying VMware vSphere licenses regardless of when these licenses were purchased.
As you may already know, since last September 1st we have provided SLES for VMware at no additional cost over vSphere to customers who purchased qualifying vSphere licenses on or after June 9th 2010. Since its release, SLES for VMware has attracted tremendous interest not only among those vSphere customers who were entitled, but also among those who weren’t. For this reason, over the last couple of months we worked hard to make it possible also for customers who purchased vSphere before June 9th 2010 to receive free access to SLES for VMware. At the same time, we wanted to simplify the process with which customers can verify if they are entitled and activate the product, as I discuss few lines below.
First, let’s recap what customers get when entitled:
- Access to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware operating system .iso file (still based on SLES 11 SP1)
- Free subscription to patches and updates to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware
- Ability to run unlimited number of virtual machines per qualified vSphere host
In essence, with SLES for VMware you can leverage an industry-proven Linux OS with broad application support (over 6,000 apps) inclusive of patches and updates at no additional cost over vSphere.
So, who is entitled to SLES for VMware now?
There are only two conditions to qualify for SLES for VMware:
- Run vSphere 4.0 U2 or later
- Be active on qualifying VMware vSphere SnS SKUs (complete list is shown here). As you will find out, it includes the vast majority of VMware vSphere SnS SKUs
To provide a simple and quick way to verify entitlement to SLES for VMware, we created new web-portal – Complimentary Product Eligibility Check. Simply log in using your VMware account credentials and submit the license keys of the vSphere servers on which you plan to run SLES for VMware virtual machines. If you are entitled, the portal will provide activation codes that can be used to turn on the subscription to patches and updates.
For detailed information about how to register the activation code and download the .iso file of SLES for VMware, refer to the Getting Started Guide .
What about phone support?
Just like today customers can choose to purchase VMware-delivered phone support for SLES VMware separately. Phone support can be purchased as other VMware products through a VMware reseller, from a VMware sales representative or from the VMware Store. VMware-delivered support is a great way to increase the value of SLES for VMware extending cost savings also to support and improving the support experience by having single vendor provide support for both virtualization software and guest OS. To learn more about how to procure VMware-delivered phone support for SLES for VMware read here.
How do you plan to leverage SLES for VMware?
We are really excited about being able to provide SLES for VMware for free to a much broader group of our customers. We believe this is yet another way in which we can help them reduce the cost and complexity of running IT. Let us know your thoughts and drop us a comment on how you plan to leverage SLES for VMware in your datacenter.