A suite of software licenses is included with the purchase of a VxRail cluster. The software license bundle includes VxRail HCI System Software for system management, operations, and automation. The following VMware software is also included:
Additional Dell software includes:
Active management capabilities for SaaS multi-cluster management requires a fee-based add-on license. Each node in the cluster needs to have the add-on license. The licenses can be applied to a new or existing cluster.
The vCenter Server license that is included with the VxRail cluster can only be applied to the vCenter Server that is deployed by VxRail Manager as an on-cluster VxRail managed vCenter. The license is not transferrable to any customer-managed vCenter Server. In this scenario, the customer must use their own vCenter Server license when using an external vCenter configuration.
vSphere Enterprise Plus, Standard, and ROBO editions are supported with VxRail. vSphere Enterprise is also supported but is no longer available from VMware. vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus are not supported. Also supported are vSphere licenses from Horizon bundles or add-ons when the system is dedicated to VDI.
When determining the best vSphere license to use with the VxRail system, a key consideration is the effect of VxRail functionality. DRS, a significant vSphere feature, provides the greatest amount of functional variance to VxRail clusters. Customers should consider the degree of automation that DRS provides to determine if the vSphere license they desire includes this functionality.
VxRail supports all license editions of vSAN including Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus. Customers can upgrade vSAN licensing from a lower license edition to a higher license edition. vSAN ROBO licenses are supported with VxRail, but customers must acquire the licenses through a VMware ELA.
Customers can choose to purchase and apply perpetual or subscription-based licensing for vSphere and vSAN on their VxRail clusters.