The first step in deploying the solution is to plan the deployment. This section describes how to acquire the required licenses for the solution.
This section describes how to acquire and deploy VMware and NVIDIA licenses.
NVIDIA AI Enterprise is licensed per CPU socket and can be purchased through Dell Software & Peripherals. You can purchase NVIDIA AI Enterprise products either as a perpetual license with support services or as an annual or multiyear subscription. Licenses are assigned to servers using the NVIDIA License System.
The NVIDIA License System is used to serve a pool of floating licenses to licensed NVIDIA software products. The NVIDIA License System is configured with licenses obtained from the NVIDIA Licensing Portal.
NVIDIA License System supports the following types of service instances:
We have validated DLS as part of this validated design, as shown in the following figure:
Figure 4. NVIDIA Delegated License Service
DLS is distributed as a virtual appliance image to be installed on VMware vSphere. The DLS is a secure, hardened environment in which access to the operating system and application software is strictly controlled.
The following high-level steps describe how to deploy the NVIDIA license server and acquire the NVIDIA AI Enterprise license:
The DLS server can now distribute NVIDIA AI Enterprise licenses to your on-premises cluster.
VMware licensing differs between various Validated Design components:
vSphere Enterprise Plus is required for this validated design. NVIDIA vGPU and a distributed virtual switch (required for load balancing in Tanzu) require Enterprise Plus.
For this validated design, we recommend the vSAN Enterprise license. vSphere Enterprise Plus and VMware Tanzu Standard are required to use the Data Persistence platform. The Data Persistence platform is available with vSAN Enterprise and Enterprise Plus only.
Add the licenses for these three components in the vCenter administrator setting, as shown in the following figure:
Figure 5. Adding and managing licenses for the VMware ecosystem