It has only been two hours from the end of an action packed General session, opening VMworld 2012, but the pinnacle for me was certainly the announcement leading to the ‘Post vRAM era’.
Almost one year ago VMware introduced their controversial and much hated vRAM licensing model, which after customer complaints changed shortly after introduction to up the vRAM limits. Now one year later, shortly before the first vRAM reports should come rolling out of your vCenter servers, VMware discontinues it and returns to the CPU-based licensing model it used prior to launching vSphere 5.
This will definitely take the wind out of sails for Microsoft and Citrix because they used they vTax, as they called it, to lure VMware customers to the other side.
At first sight this might seem a small meaningless announcement but I think this has great impact on customers, partners, VMware and the competition.