Hmm. My current Enterprise licenses will not give me the all of the feature of the new version. There are a lot of angry blog posts out there on this new policy. I do not know if I would consider myself angry, but I am disappointed and more than a little confused.
I understand that as new products come out (* Manager) I will be expected to pay extra for them. They add a lot more value than the existing stack and I expect that. In the case of new vSphere features VMware is introducing enhancements, but that is expected for a new product.
I do not understand being expected to pay more for something that is adding incremental value on a new product. That is what the subscription is supposed to be for.
Here is a good write up of some other ramifications of this policy. VMware Slaps Enterprise and Cisco In Face, Opens Door For Competitors