Word on the street is that VMware will end the vRAM licensing rules at next week’s VMworld. People absolutely hated this limit, including me, because it stood as a glaring objection to one of the great things about the VMware platform – memory overcommittment via Transparent Page Sharing (TPS). You got dinged with the vRAM tax when you started to build out VMware environments that really scaled with the environment. The hardware scales beyond 2TB in lots of cases, with upwards of 40 cores, and the arbitrary penalty of the extra licenses was enough to start driving people to competitors.
I hope these rumors are true. I’m a huge VMware proponent, and I hear customers weekly that are upset with this licensing rule. I want people to be as happy with VMware as a platform as I am.