A friendly public service announcement: VMware announced at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco that any customer with vSphere Enterprise Plus licensing under a current Support & Subscription (SnS) agreement as of August 27th would receive a free upgrade to the new vCloud Suite Standard Edition. The free upgrade offer is only available through December 15, 2012. The
Standard Edition includes
vSphere Enterprise Plus
VMware vCloud Director
vCloud Networking & Security Standard
(formerly known as vShield Edge and vShield App). There's some other great discounts to move from the vCloud Suite Standard edition to higher editions with even more functionality built in -- I've detailed those
. VMware added products to the vCloud Suite at VMworld 2012 in Europe making the Enterprise Edition very attractive for customers building private clouds and moving towards hybrid clouds - more on that
. Another cool thing to consider is that when you license the vCloud Suite, the components within (vCenter Operations, vCloud Director, Site Recovery Manager, etc.) switch from a per-VM license model to an ESXi host socket license model meaning that you'll be able to use these products cheaper and without a licensing headache for each new workload you stand up.