Compare VMware vSphere® Editions and see which is right for building your virtual infrastructure. Licensed per CPU. One instance of VMware® vCenter Server™ is required for vSphere deployments.

Compare vSphere Editions

  Standard Enterprise Enterprise Plus
Overview Server consolidation, business continuity, and insight to workload capacity and health Resource load balancing and insight to workload capacity and health Enhanced application availability and performance with insight to workload capacity and health
Product Components
License entitlement Per 1 CPU Per 1 CPU Per 1 CPU
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware Yes Yes Yes
Centralized Management Compatibility
vCenter Server (sold separately) vCenter Server Foundation
vCenter Server Standard
vCenter Server Foundation
vCenter Server Standard
vCenter Server Foundation
vCenter Server Standard


Product Features Standard Enterprise Enterprise Plus
Business Continuity and Security
Storage vMotion    
High Availability
Data Protection
Fault Tolerance
vShield Endpoint
vSphere Replication
Hot Add
App HA
Resource Prioritization and Enhanced Application Performance
Reliable Memory
Big Data Extensions
Virtual Serial Port Concentrator
Distributed Resources Scheduler (DRS), Distributed Power Management (DPM)
Storage DRS and Profile-Driven Storage
Storage I/O Control and Network I/O Control
Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) Support
Flash Read Cache
Automated Administration and Provisioning
Storage APIs for Array Integration, Multipathing
Distributed Switch
Host Profiles and Auto Deploy

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.

Product Overview 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

vSphere Essentials Kit for Retail and Branch Offices and vSphere Essentials Plus for Retail and Branch Offices are special kits designed for deployments in branch offices and remote offices. These editions offer a packaged solution to extend agility, security and efficiency across the organization and allow remote management of the office deployment either locally or centrally.

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