Choose a License Option Based on Topology

How you plan to use vFabric SQLFire determines which SQLFire license offerings are right for your system.

Licensing options are available for the following topologies:

For further information about SQLFire purchase options, refer to http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vfabric-sqlfire/buy.html.

Single-site System with Multiple Data Stores

Any client/server system or peer-to-peer system requires a vFabric SQLFire license for the SQLFire data stores (SQLFire members that host data). You configure these licenses for each SQLFire member.

The vFabric SQLFire Professional license enables you to run multiple data stores in a single cluster, with unlimited clients.

Figure 1. Example vFabric SQLFire Professional Deployment

If you need to replicate table data across multiple SQLFire clusters, you must purchase and install a standalone vFabric SQLFire Enterprise license. See Multi-site (WAN) System.

Installing a vFabric SQLFire Professional License


  1. Obtain a product vFabric SQLFire Professional license from VMware.
  2. Install the license in SQLFire. Choose one of the following options:

Multi-site (WAN) System

If you need to replicate table data across multiple SQLFire clusters (for example, over a WAN), you must purchase and install a standalone vFabric SQLFire Enterprise license. Any number of thin clients and peer clients (SQLFire accessor members) are permitted in each cluster. All systems that participate in the WAN installation must be licensed. The license is configured in each data store member in the distributed system. Any number of thin clients and peer clients (SQLFire accessor members) are permitted in each cluster.



Installing a vFabric SQLFire Enterprise License


  1. Obtain a vFabric SQLFire Enterprise license. You can use the same serial number in each distributed system; however, as a best practice you should obtain a unique serial number for each distributed system that communicates over the WAN.
  2. Install the license in SQLFire. Choose one of the following options:
  3. If you have obtained unique serial numbers for your other distributed systems, install the unique serial numbers on the other distributed systems by using one of the options described in step 2.