Core Blimey: VMware is Overhauling its Licensing. Here’s What’s Changing


Virtualisation company VMware is introducing a new pricing model that will see it demand additional licenses for users running CPUs with more than 32 physical cores.

The move will apply for products licensed on a per-CPU basis and will, the company claimed, “help us keep our pricing… relevant to where the hardware market is going.”

Among those affected: VMware users running AMD’s new 64 EPYC Rome chips.

The change is effective April 2, 2020.

The company is softening the blow for those already running VMware software licenses on over-sized CPUs:

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