Was My VMware License Affected?

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In recent months, VMware by Broadcom has been releasing (big) changes to its product offering, licensing terms, and partner programs. 

To recap, what did VMware by Broadcom announce? 

VMware by Broadcom made drastic changes to their product suite after customer and partner feedback stated their offering was too complex. Changes to their product offering now allow customers of all sizes to gain more value for their investments in VMware solutions.   

The major changes were:

  • Drastic simplification of their product portfolio.  
  • Perpetual to Subscription licenses, including support and updates.  
  • Added a “Bring Your Own License” Option

What are their new offerings?

The two new offerings are VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and VMware vSphere Foundation (VVF) 

  • VMware Cloud Foundation is their flagship enterprise-class hybrid cloud solution for customers to run their business-critical and modern applications – in a secure, resilient, and cost-efficient manner. 1 VCF does include enriched support during activation and lifecycle management.  
  • VMware vSphere Foundation delivers a more simplified enterprise-grade workload platform for our mid-sized to smaller customers. This solution integrates vSphere with our intelligent operations management to provide the best performance, availability, and efficiency with greater visibility and insights. 2 

Then, there are the “add-ons” – Customers have been accustomed to receiving a comprehensive set of features from their legacy licenses. Add-ons to VCF or VVF could imply more money for those customers who have specific application or security requirements.  

However, VMware has reduced the previous subscription list price by half and added higher support service levels, including enhanced support for activating the solution and lifecycle management for the VCF customers. 

How do I know if my license was impacted?

These products are not included in VCF/VVF/Add-on Products and do not have a replacement product:

  • VMware vSphere+ 
  • VMware vSphere Enterprise 
  • VMware vSphere ROBO 
  • VMware vSphere Scale Out 
  • VMware vSphere Desktop 
  • VMware vSphere Acceleration Kits 
  • VMware vSphere Essentials Kit 
  • VMware vSphere Starter/Foundation 
  • VMware vSphere with Operations Management 
  • VMware vSphere Basic 
  • VMware vSphere Advanced 
  • VMware vSphere Storage Appliance 
  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor (free edition) 
  • VMware Cloud Foundation (excluding new VCF subscription) 
  • VMware Cloud Foundation for VDI 
  • VMware Cloud Foundation for ROBO 
  • VMware vCenter Foundation 
  • VMware vSAN ROBO 
  • VMware vSAN Desktop 
  • VMware vSAN+ 
  • VMware HCI Kit 
  • VMware Aria Universal Suite (formerly vRealize Cloud Universal) 
  • VMware Aria Operations for Networks Universal (formerly vRealize Network Insight Universal) 
  • VMware vRealize Network Insight ROBO 
  • VMware vRealize Operations 8 Application Monitoring Add-On 
  • VMware Aria Suite Cloud for US Public Sector 
  • VMware Cloud Director Service 
  • VMware NSX for Desktop 
  • VMware NSX ROBO 
  • VMware HCX+ 

These products are not included in VCF/VVF/Add-on Products and are to be replaced with VCF, VVF 

  • VMware Cloud Editions/Cloud Packs 
  • VMware vCloud Suite  

All of these items below will be included in the VCF/VVF/ Addon:  

Legacy VMware License New License Replacement 
VMware Site Recovery Manager Add-On Service
VMware vSphere Standard (excluding subscription) New vSphere Standard 
VMware Aria Automation for Secure Hosts add-on (formerly SaltStack SecOps) Tanzu Guardrails Add-On 
VMware vRealize Automation SaltStack SecOps add-on Tanzu Guardrails Add-On 
VMware NSX Distributed Firewall VCF and VMware Firewall 
VMware NSX Gateway Firewall VCF and VMware Firewall 
VMware Container Networking Enterprise with Antrea VCF and VMware Firewall 
VMware NSX VCF and VMware Firewall (with ATP) 
VMware NSX Threat Prevention to Distributed Firewall VCF and VMware Firewall (with ATP) 
VMware NSX Threat Prevention to Gateway Firewall VCF and VMware Firewall (with ATP) 
VMware NSX Advanced Threat Prevention to Distributed Firewall VCF and VMware Firewall (with ATP) 
VMware NSX Advanced Threat Prevention to Gateway Firewall VCF and VMware Firewall (with ATP) 
VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus VCF, VVF 
VMware Aria Suite (formerly vRealize Suite) VCF, VVF 
VMware Aria Suite Term VCF, VVF 
VMware Aria Operations for Integrations (formerly vRealize True Visibility Suite) VCF, VVF 
VMware Aria Operations for Logs (formerly vRealize Log Insight) VCF, VVF 
VMware Aria Operations VCF, VVF 
VMware vCenter StandardVCF, VVF, and vSphere STD 
VMware vSAN VCF, VVF, vSAN add-on 
VMware AVI Load Balancer (excluding Subscription, SaaS) VMware Avi Load Balancer Add-On (also standalone) 
VMware vSphere Essentials Plus (excluding subscription) vSphere Essentials Plus Kit 
VMware SDDC Manager VCF
VMware Aria Operations for Networks (formerly vRealize Network Insight) VCF 
VMware Aria Automation VCF 
VMware Cloud Director VCF 


For more information on how these changes impact your VMware solutions and how we can help, please reach out to our team at hello@colohouse.com. You can also reference the following link for the official announcement from Broadcom or our VMware Resource Page. Together, we can explore how these developments can further enable your success as a user of VMware’s market-leading technology. 

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