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Site Licensing Program 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 machine 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 can visit VMware’s web site for more details.

1. Coverage

All the VMware licenses offered under this site licensing program are on perpetual basis.  Departments can enjoy product updates/upgrades and support services (7x24 support hotline at 8101 8178) during the program term.  The products available for subscription under the program of 2017-2022 include- 

  1. vCloud Suite Enterprise Solution (include vSphere Enterprise Plus and vRealize Suite Enterprise
  2. vCenter Server Standard
  3. NSX Enterprise (Network virtualization and security platform)
  4. vSAN Advance (Virtual SAN storage)
  5. SRM Standard (Site Recovery Manager Standard)
  6. Workspace One Enterprise (Virtual desktop and mobile management)  

Items 3-6 above are new additions offered under the 2017-2022 program.

2 Subscription Schedule

Departments joining this site licensing program have to commit the subscription until the program expiry date on December 30, 2022.  Subscription fee will be charged annually based on the VMware software subscribed.  They can check out the price schedule under CF36.

In summary, vCloud Suite Enterprise Solution, vCenter Server Standard and Workspace One Enterprise are available for subscription by departments based on the no. of CPU sockets, no. of instances and no. of users respectively.  To encourage a wider use of this site licensing program, departments subscribed the use of vCloud Suite Enterprise Solution can enjoy the use of NSX Enterprise, vSAN Advance and SRM Standard on the same no. of CPU sockets subscribed for vCloud Suite without additional charges.  

Departments can also consider the scalable and flexible on-demand HKU private “ITS Cloud” virtual machine subscription service offered by ITS.  Through this ITS Cloud service, departments are no longer required to acquire and manage physical servers and software licenses such as operating system and VMware software on their own.  This will help lowering the total cost of IT ownership in 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. 

For any questions regarding the site licensing program on VMware, please feel free to contact our Ms Sarah Li at 3917 6231 or ymli@hku.hk.


Idy Tang
User Services Team
Tel: 3917 6220
Email: tangky@hk.hk