Navigating VMware Licensing Changes: Strategies for Cost Savings with Azure

The recent VMware licensing changes introduced by Broadcom have left many businesses re-evaluating their IT strategies. Understanding these changes and discovering how to turn them into opportunities can be a game-changer. According to KPMG, the shift from socket to core-based licensing could increase costs by up to 50% for some organisations, making it crucial to explore alternative solutions and cost-saving strategies.

Gartner’s research indicates that by 2025, over 80% of enterprises will have adopted a hybrid cloud strategy, leveraging multiple cloud providers to optimise costs and performance. This shift highlights the importance of flexibility and cost-efficiency in today’s dynamic IT landscape. Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, offers a compelling solution for businesses looking to mitigate the financial impact of VMware’s new licensing model. 

The Financial Impact of VMware Licensing Changes 

VMware’s transition from a per-socket to a per-core licensing model can significantly increase licensing costs for many organisations. According to Forrester Total Economic Impact (TEI) study, there is a 298% return on investment and $7.93M value for payback in less than 6 months.

Why Consider Azure VMware Solution (AVS)?

Azure offers a robust alternative to traditional VMware environments, providing a flexible and scalable platform that can help mitigate the cost increases associated with VMware’s new licensing model. With Azure VMware Solution (AVS), businesses can seamlessly extend or migrate their existing VMware workloads to Azure, benefiting from price protection and the extensive suite of services offered by Microsoft’s cloud platform. 

Cost-Saving Strategies with Azure

  1. Price Protection and Reservations: Azure offers price protection options that can help businesses manage and predict their costs more effectively. By leveraging Azure’s reserved instances, organisations can lock in pricing for up to five years, providing significant savings compared to on-demand pricing models.
  2. Optimising Workloads: Gartner suggests that optimising workloads and leveraging cloud-native services can result in up to 30% cost savings. Azure’s comprehensive suite of management and monitoring tools allows businesses to optimise their workloads, ensuring that they only pay for the resources they need. 
  3. Hybrid Cloud Benefits: Adopting a hybrid cloud strategy enables businesses to balance workloads across on-premises and cloud environments. This approach not only provides flexibility but also allows for cost optimisation.
  4. Networking and Security: Azure’s integrated networking and security features offer additional cost savings and enhanced protection. By utilising Azure’s built-in security tools, businesses can reduce the need for third-party solutions, streamlining their IT operations and lowering overall costs. 

Real-World Examples 

Many organisations have successfully navigated the VMware licensing changes by transitioning to Azure. Deloitte reports that companies with highly virtualised environments may see a substantial rise in expenses, particularly those with older hardware that utilises fewer, more powerful cores. This change has prompted many IT leaders to re-evaluate their infrastructure strategies to avoid unexpected budget overruns.

In summary 

Navigating the complexities of VMware’s new licensing model requires strategic planning and a thorough understanding of available alternatives. Azure provides a compelling solution for businesses seeking to reduce costs and enhance their IT infrastructure. By leveraging Azure’s comprehensive suite of tools and services, organisations can transform the challenges of VMware licensing changes into strategic advantages.

Want to learn more?

Join cubesys and Microsoft on Tuesday, 23rd July, 2024, from 11:00 am to 11:45 am (AEST) for an insightful panel discussion on navigating VMware licensing changes and discovering cost-saving strategies with Azure. Gain expert insights and practical advice to help your business stay ahead in the evolving IT landscape. Register now to secure your spot!