Stanford University and VMware have an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) running through August 30, 2020.

Software and Support for Administrative Use

  • Pre-negotiated discount rate on all other VMware software and service
  • Free upgrade to current version for all VMware software installed as part of the ELA prior to August 30, 2014
  • Production Level Support for all ELA software


Stanford has joined the VMware Academic Program which provides many VMware products free of charge to the academic community. 

  • Faculty can use VMware software under specific program usage guidelines, free of charge, in a wide variety of areas of academic research and classroom instruction 
  • Students can use this software free of charge for one year with yearly renewals as part of qualified coursework or research projects
  • Software cannot be used for infrastructure purposes. Licenses acquired through the VMware Academic Program are for instructional, research and personal use only

You can read about the program at the VMware Academic Program site. Software can be downloaded directly from the Software Licensing Store. To find VMware products, scroll to the bottom of the page. Products available include vSphere, Fusion, vCenter Server, VMware Workstation, vCloud Director, and more. 

Self-paced online training from VMware is available for faculty, staff and students. You must have a valid SUNet ID to enroll via the VMware  eLearning site. You can also get paid to remove hardware when you virtualize through ERP incentive funds.  Free Extension of your Product Level Support for All Licenses in the myvmware SELA Account Upgrades should be in your departmental folder at myvmware.com. If you experience any issues with support, contact Software Licensing

For more information contact Sonia Siu, Stanford Software Licensing, (650) 736-7832.