Disclaimer: For official information on licensing please contact a VMware partner and/or VMware Account Executive. This article is just to explain the latest updates on VCF licensing.
In this article a short update on VCF licensing. As you probably know: with the release of VCF 4.0 four different editions of VCF were introduced: Starter, Standard, Advanced and Enterprise. The vSphere add-on for Kubernetes, offered as a separate subscription, was part of this offering. The Starter edition lacked the vSphere add-on for Kubernetes.
Together with the release of VCF 4.1, the new Tanzu editions were released. There were also some updates to VCF licensing. There’s a table available that fully explains available VCF licensing options. As you can see we still have Starter, Standard, Advanced and Enterprise available. Some remarks:
- VCF Standard, Advanced and Enterprise is available with or without Tanzu Standard;
- The VCF Starter edition is only available without Tanzu Standard;
- VCF Starter is the only VCF edition that comes with vRealize Suite Standard, VCF Advanced and Enterprise include vRealize Suite Enterprise.
- Note that the VCF license doesn’t include the vCenter Server license. You will need one per VCF environment, you can reuse the vCenter Server license for the management- & workload domains wihtin the same VCF environment.
- VCF remote clusters just use regular VCF licenses.
Also check the VCF 4.1 FAQ.
Also note you can also make your own combinations: “Note the table above displays the individual components that comprise the VCF packaged editions and does not preclude customers from purchasing add-ons as long as they meet the compatibility for the minimum editions required, e.g., Tanzu STD requires vSphere ENT+.”
Please contact your local VMware partner or Account Executive for available options.