I was recently working with RFP for one of the Existing customer, this project is for remote site ESXi refresh. I found there is lot of inconsistency with ESXi version. All are running with Enterprise puls and found more than 70 + sites running with less than 15 VMs.
There are various ways that we can go ahead and refresh these ESXi hosts. I found another alternate solution with cost savings called vSphere ROBO ( Remote office Branch office ) licenses which is more cost effective and licenses are provided by VMWARE with virtual machine based pack.
VSphere ROBO is 25 VM’s pack , this is applicable for sites with maximum 25 VMs only and can also be shared between sites.
Customers can purchase these editions in packs of 25 Virtual Machines (VMs). A maximum of 1 pack can be deployed per remote site or branch office. Customers can choose to distribute a pack of 25 Virtual Machines across sites (e.g., 5 VMs in Site 1, 5 VM in Site 2 etc.).
Customers can centrally manage their ROBO hosts using VMWare vCenter server Standard or locally using vCenter server foundation.
VSphere ROBO is available in Standard and advanced version. Here, I will list the key features and components.
I hope this has been informative and thank you for reading!