vFabric Suite Licensing

vFabric Suite Standard and vFabric Suite Advanced packages are licensed on a per-machine and average-usage basis. This chapter explains how vFabric Suite licensing works.

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vFabric Licensing Terminology

How Licensing Works

Check the Validity of an Existing License Key

vFabric Suite Licensing Terminology

To understand vFabric licensing, review the related terminology:

  • license key. vFabric Suite production licensing requires a license key. The license key represents the licenses (also known as license units) that you have purchased, whether one or multiple licenses. A license key is an alphanumeric sequence of 25 characters that encodes details of the associated product, the license expiration date, the license capacity, and other information.

  • license unit. A license unit is a single vFabric Suite license.

  • machine. The definition of a machine depends on the infrastructure environment in which you are installing vFabric Suite:

    • In an Amazon EC2 environment, a machine is an Amazon Machine Image (AMI).

    • In a VMware vSphere environment, a machine is a virtual machine (VM).

    • In a physical computer environment, a machine is the central processing unit (CPU).

  • processing unit.The definition of a processing unit depends on the infrastructure environment in which you are installing vFabric Suite:

    • In an Amazon EC2 environment, a processing unit is an EC2 compute unit (ECU).

    • In a VMware vSphere environment, a processing unit is a virtual central processing unit (vCPU).

    • In a physical computer, a processing unit is an internal processor core.

  • Cross-Cloud pricing. Cross-cloud pricing refers to the ability to license vFabric Suite Standard or Advanced across virtual, cloud, and physical infrastructure.