A. VMware quietly modified some of its editions as part of its vSphere 4 release. This means that the edition of the software you’ll get when you upgrade isn’t entirely clear. Refer to this handy table as a reference between the VMware Infrastructure 3.X licenses you already have (on the left) and their corresponding vSphere 4 licenses you’ll get when you upgrade.

VMware Infrastructure 3.X

vSphere 4 (x2) 

VMware Infrastructure 3.X

vSphere 4

VMware Infrastructure Enterprise

vSphere 4.0 Enterprise

VMware Infrastructure Standard

vSphere 4.0 Standard

VMware Infrastructure Standard

vSphere 4.0 Standard

VMware Infrastructure Foundation

vSphere 4.0 Standard

VMware Infrastructure Starter (Foundation)

vSphere 4.0 Standard

VMware Infrastructure Standard + VMotion

vSphere 4.0 Standard + VMotion + Storage VMotion

VMware Infrastructure Standard + VMotion + DRS

vSphere 4.0 Enterprise

VMware Infrastructure Standard + VMotion + DRS + HA

vSphere 4.0 Enterprise 

VMware Infrastructure Standard + HA

vSphere 4.0 Standard

VMware Infrastructure Standard + Standard to Enterprise-Upgrade

vSphere 4.0 Enterprise

VMware Infrastructure Standard + VMotion + Standard to Enterprise No VMotion Upgrade

vSphere 4.0 Enterprise

VMware Infrastructure Foundation + HA 

vSphere 4.0 Standard

VMware Infrastructure Foundation + VMotion

vSphere 4.0 Standard + VMotion + Storage VMotion

VMware Infrastructure Foundation + HA + VMotion 

vSphere 4.0 Standard + VMotion + Storage VMotion

VMware Infrastructure Foundation + HA + VMotion + DRS

vSphere 4.0 Enterprise

VMware Infrastructure Foundation + VMotion + DRS 

vSphere 4.0 Enterprise

VMware Infrastructure Foundation + Foundation to Standard- Upgrade 

vSphere 4.0 Standard 

VMware Infrastructure Foundation + Foundation to Enterprise- Upgrade 

vSphere 4.0 Enterprise

VMware Infrastructure Foundation to STD Upgrade + VMotion 

vSphere 4.0 Standard + Vmotion + Storage VMotion



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