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WeVPN | July 22, 2020

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This guide provides an overview of the licensing, pricing and packaging for VMware vSphere. The key topics discussed in this guide include:

  • VMware vSphere overview
  • Licensing overview – Licensing metric and management
  • Packaging overview – Packaging options for editions (including VMware vCenter
  • Server®), kits, vSphere Bitfusion and Tanzu Basic
  • Version upgrade entitlements for existingcustomers
  • Paid edition upgrades from vSphere 7
  • vSphere Platinum end of availability

Spotlight

This guide provides an overview of the licensing, pricing and packaging for VMware vSphere. The key topics discussed in this guide include:

  • VMware vSphere overview
  • Licensing overview – Licensing metric and management
  • Packaging overview – Packaging options for editions (including VMware vCenter
  • Server®), kits, vSphere Bitfusion and Tanzu Basic
  • Version upgrade entitlements for existingcustomers
  • Paid edition upgrades from vSphere 7
  • vSphere Platinum end of availability

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Virtuozzo, Jelastic | October 06, 2021

Virtuozzo, a high-efficiency virtualization and hyperconverged infrastructure software leader, announced it has acquired the technology and business of Jelastic, a multi-cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) software company, following a 10-year partnership. Bringing Jelastic’s platform and application management capabilities in-house completes Virtuozzo’s core technology stack, delivering a fully integrated solution that supports all relevant anything-as-a-service (XaaS) use cases—from shared hosting to VPS to cloud infrastructure, software-defined storage and application management and modernization. Virtuozzo offers the first fully integrated, easy-to-use and cost-efficient cloud solution designed for Cloud Service Providers, Managed Service Providers, Hosting Service Providers and their small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers. Virtuozzo also helps service providers increase profitability by providing a comprehensive portfolio of services and management tools. 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Customers can choose various solutions and services, different types of workloads and management through an automated orchestration. “Our companies are completely aligned and deeply understand the challenges and opportunities in the service provider industry where Platform-as-a-Service enablement is the key in the process of SaaS-ification and digitalization of its customers, Our joint partners will benefit from this acquisition since together we become a one-stop shop for Anything-as-a-Service, making it easier to get whatever they need for their users. The joint forces will accelerate the innovation and product development cycles. Together we can raise the bar for the industry standards with the help of our unique technologies that solve real problems of the cloud users.” said Jelastic CEO Ruslan Synytsky. Platform-as-a-Service Market Shows Strong Growth In 2022, the PaaS market is estimated to be worth approximately $71 billion U.S. dollars based on Gartner research. 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Google | November 05, 2020

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VIAVI Provides Benchmarking and Validation for Global O-RAN Plugfest

VIAVI | December 21, 2021

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