VMware VSAN 6.7 License Guide

Introduction

VMware, the leader in Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), enables low-cost, high-performance HCI solutions powered by VMware vSAN™. The natively integrated software solution combines enterprise class vSAN storage with the industry-standard VMware vSphere® hypervisor and VMware vCenter Server™, a unified management solution for today’s modern data centers.
vSAN 6.7 delivers the industry’s best storage value with native security, ease of management, high performance, and low cost. vSAN pools local storage devices to create a distributed shared datastore and
provides a hyper-converged storage optimized for virtual machines. Customers of all industries and sizes trust vSAN to run their most mission critical applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, SAP, and Oracle Database. It is transformational technology that delivers unique value to VMware customers:

  • Evolve without risk: As the only native-vSphere storage, vSAN enables you to seamlessly extend virtualization to storage, creating a hyper-converged solution that simply works with existing tools,
    skillsets, software solutions and hardware platforms. To help customers maintain infrastructure performance, VMware introduces vSAN ReadyCare support, highlighting VMware’s commitment to supporting customers through investments in people, analytics and technology. vSAN continues to offer the broadest set of deployment choices supported by the vSAN ReadyNode™ ecosystem of leading server vendors such as Dell, HPE, and Cisco.
  • Lower TCO: Faced with tight IT budgets, customers are turning to HCI powered by vSAN to lower total cost of ownership up to 50%. vSAN can dramatically reduce costs due to hardware choice, server-side economics, and affordable flash. Your operations become easier with fewer tasks and intelligent automation that can be managed through one tool and a unified team. The simplicity allows you to
    respond to business demands faster and more intelligently. New to the latest release, vSAN now further expedites time-to-value from a new, intuitive user interface which includes dozens of redesigned
    workflows. Also, global visibility enables you to take rapid action from intelligent insights delivered by vRealize Operations within vCenter.
  • Scale to tomorrow: You can prepare for tomorrow’s dynamic business in the multi-cloud era, with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies, while supporting a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications, to next-generation applications using containers.
    Enjoy a common storage platform for your applications, whether running on-premises or off-premises, and use it as a stepping stone to the cloud. When combined with NSX, a vSAN powered SDDC stack can extend on-premises storage and management services across different public clouds, ensuring a consistent experience.
    vSAN is compatible with any edition of vSphere and it is available in multiple packages to accommodate a variety of specific needs and use cases. This guide explains the vSAN licensing editions, discusses some
    vSAN configuration options at a high level, and provides a number of examples to illustrate potential licensing scenarios.

License Editions

vSAN license editions include Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, and Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise. The following table shows the features included with each license edition.
Contributing factors

vSAN 6.7 comes with HTML5 User Interface which is completely redesigned to deliver a modern management experience. Standard licensing includes support for hybrid configurations—magnetic disks for capacity, flash devices for caching—and all-flash configurations. This change from the vSAN 6.2 licensing model enables the use of all-flash hardware while minimizing licensing costs. It is important to note that Standard licensing does not include support for deduplication, compression, and erasure coding. Advanced licensing is required for these space efficiency features.
The Enterprise license builds on the features included with vSAN Standard and Advanced by adding support for vSAN stretched cluster configurations and data-at-rest encryption. vSAN for ROBO Advanced was introduced in vSAN 6.5 release and is only available in vSAN 6.5 or later versions. vSAN for ROBO Enterprise was introduced in vSAN 6.6.1. In vSAN 6.7 release, vRealize Operations within vCenter feature was made available to Advanced and Enterprise editions of vSAN.

vSAN Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise editions are licensed per-CPU (socket). They are available as standalone licenses and are not included with VMware vSphere® or VMware vSphere with Operations
Management™. Any type of workload—server and desktop—can be run on a vSAN cluster with these licensing editions.
A vSphere host that is not contributing local storage to a vSAN datastore can be a member of the vSAN cluster and utilize the vSAN datastore. Even though a host is not contributing storage, the host must be licensed for vSAN.
vSAN data-at-rest encryption requires an external Key Management Server (referred as KMS), which provides the primary encryption key. This key is used to encrypt other keys in the cluster. While VMware does not provide a KMS solution, vSAN encryption is certified to work with enterprise grade key management servers. Please note, KMS vendors may have an additional licensing requirement. Different KMS vendors offer different license options, please check with the KMS vendor for further details. For a list of certified KMS vendors, refer to the VMware compatibility guide.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

vSAN for Desktop licensing is available for customers using vSAN exclusively for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This includes third-party VDI solutions in addition to VMware Horizon®. While this license option limits the use of vSAN to VDI workloads only, vSAN for Desktop provides unique pricing and packaging options to help further reduce the cost of VDI while enabling the benefits and performance of a distributed storage platform. vSAN for Desktop is available in Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise editions. It is priced per-concurrent user (CCU) in a virtual desktop environment and sold in packs of 10 and 100 licenses.
In addition to being available standalone, vSAN for Desktop Advanced licenses are also included with VMware Horizon Advanced and Enterprise editions.

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