Significantly cut application licensing costs by using the new VMware Cloud on AWS feature Custom CPU Core Count

Do you have mission-critical applications in your environment licensed on a physical core basis?

Are you tired of paying for all the compute cores on a server but using only a fraction of them for your workloads?

We have great news for you: VMware Cloud on AWS now supports Custom CPU Core Count capability.

Why is that so important to you?

Because we know that the configuration of most of the servers is not optimal to run heavy database applications, such as Oracle or MS SQL Server. You run out of memory or storage much faster than out of CPU. Not only that leaves you with the underutilized CPU capacity, but also you pay high licensing costs for it.

The Custom CPU Core Count capability gives you more flexibility in configuring SDDC clusters.

The default values for the number of physical cores are 36 for I3 host type and 48 for R5 host type. Now, you have an option of selecting 8, 16, or 36 CPU cores per host for I3, or selecting 8, 16 or 48 CPU cores for R5 host type.

This allows you to select only the required number of CPU cores for your workloads to avoid a situation of running servers with underutilized CPU capacity. In turn, this approach helps to significantly reduce the costs for running mission-critical applications licensed on a per core basis.

Sounds exciting?!

What is even more exciting is how easily you can start using this capability. Just go to VMware Cloud on AWS console, click on your SDDC, and select “Add Cluster” action.

Under the section “Cluster to Be Added” you will see that you can specify the Number of CPU Cores Per Host. Select the value that works best for your workloads and finish the action. That is it!

Obviously, you need to understand what VMs you plan to run on this cluster, how much resources they require, what option (8 or 16 cores) works best, and how many hosts you need.

We highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the documentation and FAQ for this capability. We have tried to answer all your potential questions and give you the necessary guidance there.

If you still have any questions or feedback, please post your comments below!


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Roman Konarev

Product Management Leader at VMware

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