A suite of software licenses is included with a purchase of a VxRail cluster. The software license bundle includes VxRail HCI System Software for system management, operations, and automation. The bundle also includes the following VMware software:
Additional Dell software includes:
Active management capabilities for SaaS multi management require a fee-based add-on license. To enable the functionality for each cluster, cloud-based active multi-cluster management for HCI System Software must be purchased for each node in the cluster. The add-on software license is also available for clusters that have already been deployed.
VxRail customers can use any existing eligible vSphere licenses with their VxRail system, or they can purchase the licenses with a VxRail. This vSphere license-independent model for VxRail (also called bring-your-own, or BYO, vSphere License model) allows customers to use a variety of vSphere licenses that they might have already purchased.
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 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
Customers who need to purchase vSphere licenses should order them through Dell, the customer’s preferred VMware channel partner, or from VMware directly. Licenses acquired through VMware ELA, VMware partners, or Dell will receive single-call support from Dell.
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 want includes this functionality.
VxRail supports flexible vSAN licensing options and requires vSAN to be ordered with VxRail or applied through a vSAN ELA from VMware. VxRail supports all license editions of vSAN including Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus. Customers can upgrade vSAN licensing from one 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.
vSphere and vSAN licenses purchased from Dell expire with the node in which they are deployed, and they are not transferrable.
The vCenter Server license that is included with the VxRail cluster can be applied to only the vCenter Server that is deployed by VxRail Manager as an embedded vCenter. It is not transferrable to any customer-deployed vCenter Server. Customers must use their own vCenter Service license when using an external vCenter configuration.
For more information about VMware software, see Additional resources.