Perpetual licenses are licenses that entitle the nodes to vSphere and vSAN functionality based on the license editions chosen. The license is valid for the life of the node, once deployed, and the license is not transferable to another node. Perpetual licenses can be purchased separate from or with a VxRail purchase.
For vSphere perpetual licenses, customers can purchase the licenses with their VxRail cluster or use existing eligible vSphere licenses. The latter is the Bring-Your-Own (BYO) license model that allows customers to leverage a wide variety of vSphere licenses that they may have already purchased.
Customers can purchase perpetual licenses through Dell or their preferred VMware channel partner, or VMware directly. Licenses acquired through VMware ELA, VMware partners, or Dell will receive single-call support from Dell.
For vSAN perpetual licenses, customers are required to purchase them with their VxRail cluster or apply a vSAN ELA from VMware.