Introduction to VMware vSphere , vSAN , VxRAIL and VMware Cloud on AWS
Some key things to keep in mind when we talk about VMware vSphere Platform , ESXi hypervisor , vSAN , VxRAIL Appliance and VMware Cloud on AWS:
- VMware vSphere is a platform of virtualized hardware that creates a total abstraction layer between the O/S and the Hardware
- ESXi, is a non-Para virtualized, Type1 hypervisor and therefore makes no changes to the kernel of the guest operating system
- VMware vSAN , the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solution, in no way changes the location of where compute runs, and hence does not directly impact the licensing impact of any CPU Core or Socket based licensing
- VxRail Appliances are jointly developed by Dell EMC and VMware and are the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and tested HCI appliance powered by VMware vSAN technology for software-defined storage. Managed through the ubiquitous VMware vCenter Server interface, VxRail provides a familiar vSphere experience that enables streamlined deployment and the ability to extend the use of existing IT tools and processes.
- VMware Cloud on AWS, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, integrates VMware flagship compute, storage, and network virtualization products—VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN, and VMware NSX—along with VMware vCenter Server management. It optimizes them to run on elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure.
Oracle Licensing Myths
There are myths floating around that
- Oracle Licensing requires licensing every vSphere host attached to a given vCenter
- Oracle licensing requires licensing every Site connected to the Primary site where the Oracle workloads primarily resides
These myths are perpetuated by overzealous licensing and sales teams which is in contrast of the reality of the actual Contractually Impactful documents.