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Site Licensing Arrangement on VMware Software

ITS coordinates a campus-wide site licensing program on VMware software for subscription by departments.    

VMware is a virtualization infrastructure solution, which allows multiple virtual machines (VM) to run on a single physical computer and share the resources of that single computer across multiple environments.  Different virtual machines can run different operating systems and multiple applications on the same physical computer.  You may visit http://www.vmware.com/virtualization/what-is-virtualization.html for more details.

  1. Coverage

    All the VMware licenses under the renewal program are offered on a perpetual basis.  We are now in the second year of a five-year agreement term ending on December 30, 2017.  Departments subscribing VMware licenses can enjoy product upgrades and support services during the term; and will retain the right to use the particular version in use at the expiry of the term even if they decide not to subscribe for upgrade and support services after the term.

    The products available for subscription under the renewal program are

    • Academic VMware vSphere 5.x Enterprise Plus

    • Academic VMware vCenter Server 5

    Product support for the above products is also included during the agreement term by calling their 7x24 support hotline at 8101 8178. For details, please refer to http://www.vmware.com/support/services/production.html.

  1. Agreement Term

    The 5-year agreement term covers December 31, 2012 to December 30, 2017.  Departments joining this site licensing program have to commit the subscription until the expiry date of December 30, 2017.  Subscription fee will be charged annually based on the VMware software subscribed and the number of physical processors running it.  For the fee schedule, please refer to HKU Portal (Campus Information Services > Central IT Services > Tender Prices).

  1. Subscription

    For departments who would like to order new VMware licenses through us, please submit the on-line ITS Order Form through the HKU Portal at https://hkuportal.hku.hk (My Page > Campus Information Services > Central IT Services > Order License and Goods), or complete and return the ITS Order Form (CF-36) available for downloading at http://www.its.hku.hk/forms.

For your information, ITS is offering a scalable and flexible on-demand HKU private “ITS Cloud” computing virtual machine subscription service for departments.  Through this ITS Cloud Service, departments are no longer required to acquire and manage physical servers and software licenses such as those for operating system and VMware on their own.  This will help lowering the cost of IT ownership of departments and mitigating the information security risk of the University.  Interested departments can visit our web site at http://itscloud.hku.hk/ or contact us at itscloud@hku.hk for more information about the ITS Cloud Service. 

For any query on the above site licensing program on VMware license, please feel free to contact our Ms Sarah Li at 3917 6231.


Idy Tang
Email: tangky@hku.hk
Phone: 3917 6220