It seems that many missed this recent piece of good news from Microsoft — buried at the end of a gigantic FUD post that few would have the patience to read. Along with a full load of misinformation, Jeff Woolsey, evidently on behalf of Microsoft Corporation, closes up that monster with the following commitment on Windows pricing:
Next question: Does Microsoft plan to do anything similar to the vTax?
NO, we have no intention of imposing:
- A VM Memory vTax
- A VM Core vTax
- A VM Replication vTax
This is great for vSphere customers, who often license Windows Server Datacenter Edition — per CPU socket — to run an unlimited number of VMs on an ESXi host. As CPU cores and DIMM capacities continue to increase and Windows pricing remains constant, customers everywhere stand to save considerably on Microsoft licensing by consolidating Windows workloads onto fewer and fewer sockets.
It’s unusual to see a long-term price commitment like this from a strategic* enterprise software provider — especially one that, not long ago, introduced a new premium license for SQL Server weighing in at $55,000 per socket and clearly intended to maximize revenues from virtualized databases.
*Inside joke. Did you get it?