Compare VMware vSphere editions and see which is right for building your virtual infrastructure. One instance of VMware vCenter Server is required for vSphere deployments.

Compare vSphere Editions

  Standard Enterprise Enterprise Plus
Overview Server consolidation and business continuity Resource load balancing Enhanced application availability and performance
Product Components
License entitlement Per 1 CPU Per 1 CPU Per 1 CPU
Centralized Management Compatibility
vCenter Server (sold separately) vCenter Server Standard vCenter Server Standard vCenter Server Standard
Cloud API Integration
VMware Integrated OpenStack Support for VMware Integrated OpenStack is sold separately

 

Product Features Standard Enterprise Enterprise Plus
Business Continuity and Security
vMotion  
(+ Cross vSwitch)
 
(+ Cross vSwitch)
 
(+ Cross vSwitch / Cross vCenter / Long Distance)
Storage vMotion      
High Availability      
Data Protection      
Fault Tolerance 2-vCPU 2-vCPU 4-vCPU
vShield Endpoint      
vSphere Replication      
Hot Add      
Resource Prioritization and Enhanced Application Performance
Virtual Volumes      
Storage Policy-Based Management      
Reliable Memory    
Big Data Extensions    
Virtual Serial Port Concentrator    
Distributed Resources Scheduler (DRS), Distributed Power Management (DPM)    
Storage DRS  
Storage I/O Control  
Network I/O Control  
Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) Support  
Flash Read Cache  
NVIDIA GRID vGPU  
Automated Administration and Provisioning
Content Library      
(+ Template Deployment)
Storage APIs for Array Integration, Multipathing      
Distributed Switch  
Host Profiles and Auto Deploy  

Compare vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management

vSphere with Operations Management delivers virtualization with consistent management, purpose-built to get the best performance, availability and efficiency out of your infrastructure and applications from day one.

  vSphere vSphere with Operations Management
Virtualization Platform    
Business Continuity and Security    
Resource Prioritization and Enhanced Application Performance    
Automated Administration and Provisioning    
Operations Visibility and Management    
Performance Monitoring and Predictive Analytics    
Capacity Management and Optimization    
Change, Configuration and Compliance Management, including vSphere Security Hardening    

Learn more about vSphere with Operations Management, the best management for vSphere-based IT environments.

Compare vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions

vSphere, the industry-leading virtualization platform, now helps you extend virtualization beyond your data center to remote sites and branch offices.

vSphere Remote Office Branch Office is designed specifically for IT infrastructure located in remote, distributed sites and delivers improved service levels, standardization, availability and compliance.

vSphere Remote Office Branch Office editions enable rapid provisioning of servers through virtualization, minimization of host configuration drift and enhanced visibility into regulatory compliance, across multiple sites. In addition, with vSphere's business continuity features, you can be assured of highly available IT infrastructure in your remote sites.

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  vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Advanced
Overview Remote site server virtualization platform with business continuity and backup features Remote site server virtualization offering business continuity and backup with advanced features such as standardization of host configurations
Product Components
License entitlement Pack of 25 Virtual Machines Pack of 25 Virtual Machines
Centralized Management Capability
vCenter Server (sold separately) vCenter Server Standard vCenter Server Standard

vSphere (ESXi) and vCenter Server version 5.5U2 or above are required.
 

Product Features vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Standard vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Advanced
Business Continuity and Security
vMotion    
Storage vMotion    
High Availability    
Data Protection    
Fault Tolerance 2-vCPU 4-vCPU
vShield Endpoint    
vSphere Replication    
Hot Add    
Standardization and Compliance
Host Profiles and Auto Deploy  
Distributed Switch

Compare vSphere Essentials Kits

vSphere Essentials Kits are for small businesses and combine virtualization for up to three physical servers with centralized management with vCenter for Essentials.

  Essentials Kit Essentials Plus Kit
Overview Server virtualization and consolidation with centralized management Server virtualization and consolidation plus business continuity
Centralized Management vCenter Server Essentials vCenter Server Essentials
License entitlement 3 servers with up to 2 processors each 3 servers with up to 2 processors each
Features vSphere Hypervisor vSphere Hypervisor, vMotion, High Availability, Data Protection, vShield Endpoint, vSphere Replication

Customers can purchase One Year Term Licenses for vSphere Essentials Kits and vSphere Essentials Plus Kits from the VMware store.