vSphere ROBO Editions

One of the items that I wanted to gain some clarity on, was the new edition of the vSphere Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) Editions which have been announced at VMorld 2014.  Hopefully this post will go some way towards clarifying what you do and don’t get.

Licensing Types

vSphere ROBO will come in two flavours, Standard and Advanced.

Item vSphere ROBO Standard vSphere ROBO Advanced
Licensing 25 Virtual Machine Pack 25 Virtual Machine Pack
Features High AvailabilityvMotion

vSphere Data Protection

vSphere Replication

vSphere EndPoint

Fault Tolerance

Storage vMotion

High AvailabilityvMotion

vSphere Data Protection

vSphere Replication

vSphere EndPoint

Fault Tolerance

Storage vMotion

Distributed Switch

Host Profiles

Auto Deploy

Licensing Limitatons

  • Maximum of 25 VM’s Per Site, deployment options include:
    • 1 Site with 25 x VM’s
    • 25 Sites with 1 x VM
  • No vCenter
    • Need to purchase vCenter Standard separately

What About vSphere Essentials Editions?

vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus is going end of life in the next couple of months.  I assume that if a customer is in support they will be upgraded to vSphere ROBO standard or Advanced with a ‘free vCenter Standard license’.

When this information is released, I will update this post to reflect the details.

Thoughts

Often clients won’t pay for vSphere Enterprise Plus for ROBO, which means that vSphere Standard is the de-facto choice.  This results in higher operational costs as you don’t have access to Host Profiles or Virtual Distributed Switches.

Having the ability to purchase 1 x 25VM pack to cover a number of ESXi Hosts across sites, will be much more cost effective with the list price of vShere Standard being approximately £1,000 versus £2,700 for vSphere Advanced Edition (1 US Dollar = 0.60 Britsh Pounds).

What I think would be even better is if VSAN was included in the package!

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