VMware vSphere+™ is a workload platform that allows you to shift from license based management to a pay-as-you-expand subscription model. If you plan on deploying vSAN clusters in a vSphere environment converted to subscription, you must purchase a VMware vSAN+™ subscription in addition to the vSphere+ subscription.

To learn more about how to convert your vCenter Server to subscription and start using the vSphere+ and vSAN+ features, see the VMware vSphere+ documentation.

vSphere+ and vSAN+ Subscription

You can convert your vCenter Server instances to vSphere+ before the license evaluation period expires or before the assigned licenses to the vCenter Server and ESXi hosts expire. If your vCenter Server instance manages vSAN clusters, you must purchase a vSAN+ subscription in addition to the vSphere+ subscription. You cannot convert your vCenter Server instances to a vSphere+ subscription with vSAN clusters that use licenses. You must purchase a vSAN+ subscription, before your vSAN license evaluation period expires or before the currently assigned vSAN license expires.

To upgrade your vSphere environment to subscription, you must install the vCenter Server Cloud Gateway in your on-premises environment and connect your vCenter Server instances to VMware Cloud. You can connect up to four vCenter Server instances on each vCenter Cloud Gateway. You can monitor your vSphere infrastructure, upgrade your vCenter Serverinstances, and create VMs as needed from a centralized VMware Cloud (VMC) Console.

When you disable vSAN on a cluster with a vSAN+ subscription, the vSphere+ subscription is applied automatically to all ESXi hosts associated with that cluster.

In the vSphere Client, you can view the subscription information for your vSphere+ and vSAN+ subscriptions. See Subscription Information for Your vCenter Server.

How to Calculate Your Required Subscription Capacity

You must purchase a minimum of 12 core capacity per CPU for a vSphere+ subscription.

To calculate the subscription capacity required for your vSphere environment, use the following formula:
Subscription capacity = number of cores per CPU × number of CPUs per ESXi host × number of ESXi hosts
Table 1. Subscription Capacity for a vSphere+ Subscription
ESXi Hosts CPUs per ESXi Host Cores per CPU Minimum Subscription Capacity Required
1 1 8 12
1 2 8 24
2 2 8 48
2 2 24 96

The subscription capacity you need for a vSAN+ subscription is calculated in the same way as the subscription capacity required for vSphere+.

To calculate the subscription capacity required for each of your vSAN clusters, use the following formula:
Subscription capacity for a vSAN cluster = number of cores per CPU * nunber of phisical CPUs per host * number of ESXi hosts associated with the vSAN cluster

Free Trial

VMware offers a 60-day free trial subscription period for vSphere+ and vSAN+. When you are ready to purchase a vSphere+ subscription, contact a VMware sales representative or a VMware partner to help you plan converting your on-premises workloads to subscription. Subscriptions can be purchased for a period of one, three, and five years.

When the free trial expires, you can no longer access the vSphere+ and vSAN+ features.