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VMware vSphere with Operations Management (or vSOM) offers the full range of vSphere features for transforming data centers into dramatically simplified virtualized infrastructures, for running today’s applications with the next generation of flexible, reliable IT services. Best in class management capabilities allow IT to gain visibility into virtual environments, proactively identify and remediate emerging performance issues, and optimize resource utilization through a unified console.

This bundle combine VMware vSphere with vRealize Operations Management in a single product to simplify licensing and purcase procedures.

VMware vSphere with Operations Management editions and kits are licensed per processor without limitation on the number of virtual machines, cores or amount of physical RAM.

For information on local currency prices for vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management Editions, visit this page.

Some years ago the different editions of vSOM have removed and replaced by a single edition: VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition.

But now VMware has announced the End of Availability (EOA) also of VMware vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus edition, effective February 1, 2019.

The VMware vSphere main line up (excluding specific bundles, like the Essential kits) will consist of vSphere Standard, vSphere Enterprise Plus and the new vSphere Platinum editions.

After October 15, 2018, existing vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus licenses will be fulfilled to VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus and VMware vRealize Operations Standard. This will result in a nominal increase in Support and Services (SNS) costs at the time of the next renewal for customers. This fulfillment will also apply to any new purchases of vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus before end of availability on February 1,2019.

Here are some of the options available to customers based on specific needs:

After Feb 1 2019, if looking to add advanced operations management capabilities to existing or net new vSphere licenses, customers can purchase vRealize Operations standalone or VMware vCloud Suite.

For more information see this post: End of Availability of vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus.

Compared on what’s happened with the vRealize Log Insight license, it’s not necessary bad, but in any case it means an increasing cost for the customers: new customer will have to buy separated products or more costly suites, existing customers don’t loose their licenses, but will have bigger maintanance costs.