You have multiple sources for purchasing vSphere Advantage subscription. Purchasing from different sources results in a different seller of record being associated with the resources you purchase. 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, catalogue, region, and currency. Multiple options help you to select the best seller attributes for your organization.

When you are ready to purchase subscription, contact a VMware sales representative or a VMware partner who will help you with the subscription that suits your vSphere environment.

Plan Your vSphere Advantage Subscription

vSphere Advantage subscription capacity is based on the total number of physical CPU cores of each CPU on all ESXi hosts associated with the vCenter Server instances that you plan to convert to subscription.

Subscriptions are for a pre-defined period of one or three years. You can either purchase a new subscription or upgrade your existing vSphere licenses to subscription.

You must purchase a minimum of 12 core capacity per CPU.

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

The following table helps you understand how to determine the required subscription capacity:
Table 1. Subscription Capacity
ESXi Hosts CPUs per ESXi Host Cores per CPU Subscription Capacity Required Calculation
1 1 8 12 Though the number of cores is 8, you must purchase minimum 12 cores per CPU on each ESXi host.
1 2 8 24 Though the number of cores is 8 on each CPU, you must purchase 24 cores because the minimum subscription capacity is 12 cores per CPU and there are 2 CPUs.
2 2 8 48 Though the number of cores is 8 on each CPU, you must purchase 48 cores because the minimum subscription capacity is 12 cores per CPU and there are 2 CPUs on each of the 2 ESXi hosts.
1 4 17 68 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 will be charged based on the overage pricing for which you sign up at the time of purchase.

You cannot modify a subscription after you purchase it. If you want to add more subscription capacity, you must purchase a new subscription.

Purchase Through VMware

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 deploy and manage your vSphere Advantage infrastructure through the VMC 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 deploy and manage your vSphere Advantage infrastructure through the VMC Console.

When you purchase the subscription for the first time, you receive an email with a link to activate your vSphere Advantage subscription.