We are considering purchasing a VMWare bundle, the VMWare vSphere 4 Essentials Bundle for 3 hosts (one can buy it online http://store.vmware.com/store/vmware/en_US/DisplayProductDetailsPage/productID.126843700)
For several days, I have been trying my dardest to answer what, to me anyway, appears to be a simple question: If, at some point in the future, we need to install ESXi on a 4th host, and want to manage that hose with VCenter, what fees will we need to pay to do so?
I have tried calling VMWare sales -- they don't return calls apparantly. I tried emailing VMWare sales -- no response in over 3 days.
I have looked over their web site but can't find a concrete answer.
It might be that one simply pays $795 per processor to license additional VSphere hosts at the essentials level. I seriously doubt that this is the case because I believe that the VCenter license that comes with the essential bundle is permanently limited to 3 hosts. This leads to another interesting question: Will the VSphere licenses that come with the bundle work with a VCenter licensed later on?
I have a sneaking suspicion that the answer is that there is no upgrade path. If/When you want to manage 4 hosts, you need to re license everything (VCenter and the VSphere hosts).
Does anyone out there know the answer to this question? Furthermore, does anyone out there know a way to get quick answers out of VMWare over this sort of thing (a nice live chat or something?)