Each vCloud Suite license has a certain processor capacity that you can use to license multiple physical processors on ESXi hosts where you run the vCloud Suite components. When you assign a vCloud Suite license key to a host, the amount of processor capacity that is consumed is equal to the number of physical processors on the host.

To license physical processor that run vCloud Suite components, you need to assign the ESXi hosts a vCloud Suite license key with processor capacity that is sufficient to license all physical processors on the host.

For example, to run vCloud Suite on two ESXi 5.x hosts that have four processors each, you need to assign the hosts a vCloud Suite license key with a minimum capacity of eight processors.

You can assign and reassign the processor capacity of a vCloud Suite license key to any combination of ESXi hosts. For example, suppose that you purchase a vCloud Suite license key for 10 processors. You can assign the license key to any of the following combinations of hosts.

Five 2-processor hosts.

Three 2-processor hosts and one 4-processor host.

Two 4-processor hosts and one 2-processor host.

One 8-processor host and one 2-processor host.

Dual-core and quad-core processors, such as Intel processors that combine two or four independent processors on a single chip, count as one processor.