To evaluate or test VMware products, you need hardware of course, but you need licenses as well. And to get those licenses, you have mainly the choice between three options:
- use the 60 days trial period,
- buy real licenses,
- be part of the vExpert program: the vExperts receive 365-day eval keys for multiple products (vCloud Suite, Horizon Suite, SRM, vRealize Operations, ITBM, VSAN, Log Insight, Workstation/Fusion, etc.).
However, a new option emerged this week: VMUG Advantage now includes access to 9 VMware applications for a 365-days period. Before going further, what is VMUG Advantage? In a nutshell, it’s a program offering discounts on training, certifications, attendance at VMworld and on product licenses under the form of an annual subscription.
VMUG Advantage includes now EVALExperience by VMware, wich provides VMUG Advantage subscribers access to 9 VMware products with 365 day non-production licenses.
VMware and VMUG have partnered with Kivuto Solutions to provide VMUG Advantage Subscribers a customized web portal that provides VMUG Advantage Subscribers with self-service capability to download software and license keys. Licenses to available VMware products are regularly updated and posted to the self-service web portal. The licenses available to VMUG Advantage Subscribers are 365-day evaluation licenses that require a one-time, annual download. Annual product downloads ensure that Subscribers receive the most up-to-date versions of products.
The products included in EVALExperience are the following:
- VMware vCenter Server™ 5 Standalone for vSphere 5
- VMware vSphere® with Operations Management™ Enterprise Plus
- VMware vCloud Suite® Standard
- VMware vRealize™ Operations Insight™
- VMware vRealize Operations™ 6 Enterprise
- VMware vRealize Log Insight™
- VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon®
- VMware Horizon® Advanced Edition
- VMware Virtual SAN™
What is amazing is that this 365-day licenses and all other benefits from VMUG Advantage are available for a 200$ annual subscription, which is a good value for your money!
Note: if you’re already a VMUG subscribers, you should receive a mail with the instructions to download the products and licenses.