Today was supposed to be a happy day. Finally, after months and months of being kept under wraps, the vSphere 4 code was announced to the world as having reached “gold” status.
But for VMware’s large enterprise customers and Cisco, the announcement had more insult than insight. I am of course talking about the introduction of the new “Enterprise Plus” license option, which no existing VMware licensee is eligible for without further payment. At a time when corporate IT spending is way down, and businesses are struggling, VMware decide to invent a new category of license above the previous top of the line option, and think it’s OK to ask enterprises to pay for the privilege. Here’s some news for you VMware – it’s not OK to do this. In fact, it’s not just ‘not OK’ – it’s fucking insulting. If you wanted to create another tier of licensing, you should have just rolled the old Enterprise features into the new “Advanced” option (I’m still trying to figure out what the target market is for “Advanced”), put the new stuff into Enterprise and jacked up the Enterprise price for any new contracts / customers. But no, someone in VMware either got greedy, ballsy, or is just plain stupid. My money is on the latter. Looking at the differences between “Enterprise” and “Enterprise Plus”, it is clear this is a blatant money grab by VMware. Because 12-18 months from now, there won’t be a single enterprise that is eligible for the “Enterprise” package. Read on to see why.