The process for using your on-premises infrastructure with VMware Cloud Foundation+ starts with purchasing a subscription and then applying the subscription to an Organization in VMware Cloud services.

You can either purchase a new subscription or upgrade your existing licenses to subscription. Subscriptions are for a predefined period of one or three years. When you are ready to purchase a subscription, contact a VMware sales representative or a VMware partner who will help you with the subscription that suits your VMware Cloud Foundation environment or purchase one directly through the VMware Cloud Universal program.

A VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription also includes VMware® Tanzu Standard Runtime Edition, which you can use after you add your VMware Cloud Foundation instance to the subscription.

Determine the Required Subscription Capacity

VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription capacity is based on the capacity units of vSphere+ and vSAN+. The capacity is based on the total number of physical CPU cores of each CPU on all the ESXi hosts associated with the VMware Cloud Foundation instances that you plan to subscribe to VMware Cloud Foundation+. Similarly, for vSAN storage, subscription capacity is based on the total number of physical CPU cores for each CPU on all the ESXi hosts associated with the vSAN clusters managed by VMware Cloud Foundation.

You must purchase a minimum capacity of 16 cores per CPU.

Subscription capacity = number of cores required per CPU × number of CPUs per ESXi host × number of ESXi hosts

You can determine the required subscription capacity in the following way.

Table 1. Subscription Capacity

ESXi Hosts

Physical CPUs per ESXi Host

Cores per CPU

Subscription Capacity Required

Calculation

2

2

8

64

Though the number of cores is 8 on each CPU, you must purchase 64 cores because the minimum subscription capacity is 16 cores per CPU and there are 2 CPUs on each of the 2 ESXi hosts.

1

4

16

64

Subscription capacity is the total number of cores × number of CPUs × number of ESXi hosts.

Any additional usage beyond the number of cores you purchase is charged based on the overage pricing for which you sign up at the time of purchase.

Purchase Options

You can purchase subscriptions from multiple sources. Purchasing from different sources results in a different seller of record being associated with the purchased resources. The seller of record is responsible for billing the resources purchased from them. The seller of record also determines attributes such as payment types, terms of service, catalog, region, and currency. Multiple options help you to select the best seller attributes for your organization.

Purchase Through VMware
You can purchase a subscription in these ways:
  • By contacting a VMware sales representative
  • If you are using VMware Cloud Universal, by purchasing a subscription directly in the VMware Cloud Console

When you purchase through VMware:

  • VMware is the seller of record.

  • Billing is done by VMware.

    VMware terms of service, payment methods, currencies, regions, discounts, and pricing apply.

  • You monitor and maintain your VMware Cloud Foundation+ infrastructure through the VMware Cloud Console.

Purchase Through a Partner

When you purchase through a partner:

  • The partner is the seller of record.

  • Billing is done by the partner.

    Through this purchase model, the payment instruments, terms of service, region, currency, and so on, are determined by your relationship with the partner. Contact your partner’s sales team for all questions related to pricing and billing.

  • You monitor and maintain your VMware Cloud Foundation+ infrastructure through the VMware Cloud Console.

Purchase and Apply a Subscription Through VMware Cloud Universal

If you are using solutions or services through VMware Cloud Universal, you can use your VMware Subscription Purchasing Program (SPP) fund in your VMware Cloud services account to purchase a VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription directly in the VMware Cloud Console.

Prerequisites

Your VMware Cloud account must have the Organization Owner role.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the VMware Cloud Console at https://vmc.vmware.com with your VMware Cloud account.
  2. On the Subscriptions page, click Create term commitment and select VMware Cloud Foundation+.
  3. Review the subscription components and click Next.
  4. Select a subscription term, billing option, and capacity in the form of a number physical CPU cores, and click Next.
  5. Review your order and click Place order.

What to do next

After the order has been processed, you receive an email notification that your subscription is active. The subscription is automatically applied to your account and Organization.

Purchase and Apply a Subscription from VMware Sales or a VMware Partner

After you purchase a VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription from VMware sales or a VMware partner, you receive an email in 24 hours that contains a unique link to apply the subscription. Use this link and follow the on-screen prompts to apply a VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription.

If you are logging in to the VMware Cloud Console for the first time, you create your VMware Cloud account and an Organization, and then apply the subscription to the Organization.

VMware Cloud accounts are based on an Organization, which corresponds to a group or line of business subscribed to VMware Cloud services. VMware Cloud services use Organizations to provide controlled access to one or more services. Your VMware Cloud account is contained within an Organization.

Procedure

  1. In the email that you received after purchasing the VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription, click Apply Subscription.

    The VMware Cloud services sign-in page opens.

  2. Follow the on-screen prompts to create your VMware Cloud account by using your existing VMware account credentials.

    If you do not have a VMware account, create an account as you sign up.

  3. On the Subscriptions page, select the subscriptions and commitments that apply to your Organization.
  4. On the Organization and Payment page, enter your Organization details and payment method.

    You can select an existing Organization or create one for VMware Cloud Foundation+.

  5. Click Complete > Apply Subscriptions.

    The VMware Cloud Foundation+ Launchpad page opens.

  6. Under Infrastructure, select VMware Cloud Foundation+ > Learn More > Journey Map.

What to Do After You Purchase and Apply a Subscription

After you purchase a VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription and apply it your Organization, add Organization members and connect your on-premises deployments to VMware Cloud.

In VMware Cloud Console, review the instructions on the Journey Map page.

Next, perform these tasks.

  1. Add members who will also manage your VMware Cloud Foundation+ environment to your Organization in VMware Cloud services. See Managing Organization Accounts.

  2. Provide a VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5 deployment.

  3. Connect the deployment to VMware Cloud Foundation+ by using a vCenter Cloud Gateway instance. See Connect VMware Cloud Foundation to VMware Cloud.