VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server
Application Monitoring for Custom Web Applications
VMware vFabric™ Enterprise Ready Server (ERS) is a widely distributed Apache HTTP Server package that provides enterprise-level performance, scalability and security while reducing the cost and complexity of sophisticated web infrastructures.
VMware has announced that no further orders for VMware vFabric Enterprise Ready Server (“ERS”) will be accepted beginning July 1, 2013, the End of Availability (“EOA”) date for ERS. VMware has also announced that maintenance services for ERS will cease on July 1, 2014, the End of General Support (“EOGS”) date; and all technical support services for ERS will cease on July 1, 2015, the End of Support Life (“EOSL”) date.
All ERS customers are encouraged to convert or deploy VMware vFabric® Web Server, the product that replaces the ERS bundle. Web Server has been integrated with the latest open source runtimes, security patches and bug fixes, as well as adding new product features that better serve enterprise customers deploying applications across virtualized and cloud environments.
ERS customers with perpetual licenses and active support and subscription agreements (SnS) are entitled to a one-time $0 conversion to vFabric Web Server and open source Apache Tomcat Support. ERS customers with term licenses are eligible to convert to equivalent vFabric Web Server term licenses at the same price as ERS for HTTP term license and optionally add Apache Tomcat support or vFabric tc Server licenses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When do I need to convert to or purchase Web Server?
A: You have until your active SnS agreement or subscription runs out.
Q: I want to move to Web Server now, but I have paid for an SnS agreement for ERS. What happens to the remaining SnS?
A: The existing terms of your remaining time on SnS will be converted for an equivalent period of SnS for the vFabric Web Server and Apache Tomcat support product. This will be a one-to-one exchange, a translation of the value of your existing SnS to the destination product’s SnS price, which is the same.
Q: I want to move to Web Server now, but I have paid for a term license for ERS. What happens to the remaining duration on my term license?
A: Your existing subscription will remain in effect until the end of the active term of your contract. You should consider purchasing the discounted perpetual vFabric Web Server licenses and appropriate SnS at the time of renewal of your current ERS term license to avoid any subscription overlap.
Q: I have an existing deployment that is going to grow this year. Will I be able to purchase additional ERS licenses after July 1, 2013?
A: No, no additional ERS licenses can be purchased after this date. We recommend you consider using Web Server.
Q: I have term licenses that expire after July 1, 2013 but before July 1, 2014. Will I be able to renew them after July 1, 2013?
A: No, after July 1, 2013 existing customers who need to renew their term licenses will have to convert to vFabric Web Server term license. Additional vFabric Web Server term licenses can be purchased at or after the conversion.
Q: After July 1, 2014, if I have an active SnS agreement, will I be able to get patches for my current ERS deployment?
A: No, updates, patches and bug fixes would only be issued prior to July 1, 2014. However, it’s been three years since the last release of ERS, therefore, the product is considered generally very stable.
Q: Can I continue to use ERS after the end of support?
A: Yes, if your licenses are perpetual licenses, you have the right to use them as long as you like, however no support, updates or additional licenses will be available. If you have term licenses, you only have the right to use the licenses until your term expires.
Q: How do I convert my existing ERS instances to vFabric Web Server and vFabric tc Server?
A: For technical documentation on how to upgrade to Web Server and tc Server from ERS, see the Migrating Enterprise Ready Server to vFabric Web Server Guide, Run an ERS Tomcat Instance on tc Server, and Migrating an ERS Server Instance to tc Server Guide.