Software Licenses Pricing (recommended on production)

Red Hat Inc.

RHEL licensing & support

Here’s how the RHEL & Atomic licensing works. Those are the prices for 1 year subscription (needs to be renewed every year). The prices are dropping if you engage for 3 years.

Classic licensing (either 1 phy socket or 2 VMs),

Unlimited/Virtual licensing (unlimited VMs per hypervisor with 2 phy sockets),

Std support = 9-6PM and 5 days a week Premium support = 24/7 365 days a year

Then there’s add-ons for specific needs e.g.,

Note. RHEL license = Atomic license but if you want OpenShift/Kubernetes to orchestrate, this will require a dedicated quote from Redhat.


Redhat Sattelite licensing & support

As for Sattelite,

Redhat Ceph licensing & support

Redhat Openshift

VMware vCenter & vSphere

vCenter for vSphere

If you really need Distributed Switches or vCenter long distance vMotion, you’ll have to choose Enterprise Plus.


vSphere ESXi

Needs to be the same as for vCenter, namely Std, Ent or Ent Plus.

TODO: per CPU – sockets or cores?

Microsoft Windows licensing

Here’s how the new Microsoft Windows Server 2016 licensing works (SQL Server licensing is similar if not identical).

Windows Server Standard 2016

quite complicated shit

So e.g. if you have an HA cluster of two hypervisors each one having 20 cores, and you’re planning to deploy 8 Windows Server Std on the cluster, then you need to buy 4 (not 8) x 20+20 = 160 cores hence /2 = 80 licenses (80 x $110 = $8,800 for 8 VMs).

Windows Server DataCenter 2016

much more simple

So e.g. on the same example target as above, you just need to buy 2 (hypervisors) x 20 = 40 cores hence /2 = 20 licences (20 x $769 = $15,380 for unlimited VMs)

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