After the surprise revise new License Scheme in vSphere 5, VMware had started to worry the decision of the so call FLEXIBLE offering to their client, which had received large numbers of users’ negative reaction for it. If you perform the calculation carefully, you will realize they require 30% more than what you use to pay previously, in some cases it could even double the software cost and maintenance cost you need to pay to VMWare for upgrading to vSphere 5.

While I read around a lot of the comment, I found this post from official VMware Website which try to SPIN the reader around.

Understanding the vSphere 5 vRAM Licensing Model

If you are experience virtualization users, you will realize whatever in post is purely to defend the decision been made and continue to spin the story around. He is right that they did not cap you the physical memory/CPU limit per server, but on VRAM. If you have a 2 CPU sockets server today with 10 Cores each and you want to run with 256GB memory per host or even higher number of memory, you will end up require 4 sockets Enterprise plus license to entitle for only 192 VRAM allocation to the virtual machines pool you have, and the rest of it is stay there for HA or so on. If you want to use more than that, please buy more license from VMWare. Old days with memory over commit and over provision are gone. as long as you do not have enough software licenses. Well, beside saying this, you may still able to use the memory over provision or over commit while there is HA kick in due to any physical host failure.

Honestly speaking, if VMWare are confident that customer will continue the journey with them, what is the point of telling public that the so call FLEXIBLE, NO LIMIT or any spinning story that could mislead the reader. There is an open market for every product in virtualization today, there will be users choose to go VMWare still and some may think to switch to others too.

I do not see any problem for the software company to create restriction on their software, but I do mind the mislead information could confuse the users and readers. Is still a choice of for user to decide whether it is worth to buy the product.