Understand vFabric SQLFire License Options

vFabric SQLFire has a number of licensing options. Read the following sections to understand the different license types.

Default Evaluation License

The default evaluation license included with SQLFire allows you to run up to three non-production data stores in the distributed system. SQLFire uses the default evaluation license upon startup if custom evaluation or production licensing has not been installed. This license never expires. It is not allowed for production use.

Custom Evaluation and Production Licenses

To get expanded configuration options and to move into production with SQLFire, contact your VMware account manager. You can obtain custom evaluation licenses for your specific evaluation requirements. You can purchase a production license when you are finished with your evaluation. Your VMware account manager will help you determine the best topology and expiration options for your needs. For information on purchasing SQLFire licensing, see http://www.vmware.com/products/datacenter-virtualization/vfabric-sqlfire/buy.html.

Custom evaluation licenses have an expiration date. Production licenses never expire.

vFabric SQLFire Professional and Enterprise Licenses

SQLFire uses these main license types for custom evaluation and production licensing:
  • vFabric SQLFire Professional license. The vFabric SQLFire Professional license enables you to deploy a SQLFire distributed system in a production environment. A license is required for each SQLFire distributed system member that hosts data, whether or not they also act as a server in client/server deployments.
  • vFabric SQLFire Enterprise license. The standalone vFabric SQLFire Enterprise license enables you to deploy a SQLFire distributed system in a production environment. This license also enables you to loosely couple SQLFire distributed systems that are at different geographical locations (WAN replication). A license is required for each SQLFire distributed system member that hosts data, whether or not they also act as a server in client/server deployments.

    Because the vFabric SQLFire Enterprise license is available only as a standalone license, you must install the license in the sqlfire.properties file or as a boot property. You cannot install a vFabric SQLFire Enterprise license in the vFabric License Server.

SQLFire licenses do not restrict the number of clients that can connect to a distributed system. Any number of thin clients and peer clients (SQLFire accessor members) are permitted.

vFabric SQLFire Local Licensing and vFabric Suite Licensing

If you obtained vFabric SQLFire as a standalone product, you install a license locally on each physical and virtual machine that runs vFabric SQLFire.

If you obtained vFabric SQLFire as part of vFabric Suite, you can either use the vFabric License Server to install your SQLFire licenses, or install the license locally in vSphere virtual machines. To use the vFabric License Server for licensing, you must first install and configure the vFabric License Server. Then you install your SQLFire serial numbers in the vFabric License Server. SQLFire will retrieve your licenses dynamically.

To set up the vFabric License Server, see Install vFabric License Server on Your vCenter Server in the vFabric Suite documentation.

Note: You cannot use the vFabric License Server to manage licenses on physical machines, or with standalone SQLFire licenses such as vFabric SQLFire Enterprise.