Jul 26, 2018 - 05:58 AM
Chance to optimise deployments - after all, that's the service they're providing!
Confirmation that any purchases required to make you compliant can be made at your pace and your current discount level.
An agreement that the agreed future state is fully compliant - i.e. VMWare will stand behind the baseline they've created as being fully compliant. Maybe back this up with an audit holiday clause.
Might be a challenge to get them to agree - but shouldn't be if they're genuine about it not being an audit.
When I was a SAM Manager I never needed to engage with VMWare other than a few battles over merged/upgraded keys so I can't offer any further guidance. I always saw them as the lowest risk of the big vendors and we don't hear much about them from an audit perspective compared to Oracle/SAP/IBM/MS and so on.
Jul 30, 2018 - 12:29 AM
Jul 30, 2018 - 03:03 AM
So, they may have seen the light... but approach with caution!