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The Next Frontier – Invisible Licensing for your ROBO and VDI environments

By Greg White & Kong Yang & Adrian Finch

Nutanix is constantly working to simplify IT so you can deliver more value to the business. We started by making infrastructure invisible, then datacenters, and now clouds. It’s only logical that licensing should be next, right? Well, that might be a bit of a stretch, but just like the rest, we want licensing to be less complex.

Nutanix is introducing new consumption models for specific use cases to provide another option to capacity-based (CBL) and appliance licensing, giving you the flexibility to bring different Nutanix software together in a way that is simple to plan, price, and purchase. The two new use cases are virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and remote office/branch office (ROBO) deployments.

What are the new consumption models?

The consumption models bring different Nutanix software solutions together in a “per licensing” model that separates the procurement of hardware and software. You now have more flexibility in where and how you deploy Nutanix software to meet your infrastructure needs. Each model contains AOS, AHV, and Prism Starter.

  • For VDI, the license model is called VDI per user and is based on the number of concurrent users.
  • For ROBO, the license model is called ROBO per VM and is based on the number of VMs used at the site.

Why add these new models?

In these solution areas, a “per” model has been used in the market in the past. Offering a similar approach simplifies planning for modernizing infrastructure on HCI. In addition, for smaller initial deployments, pricing that is tied to hardware limits the flexibility of organizations to take advantage of Nutanix’s value while still having room to grow. 

In the past, running a few VMs on a 2-node ROBO cluster meant licensing the capacity of the entire cluster from the start. With the per VM approach, you can procure the hardware you want for your ROBO site, run a small number of VMs, and then grow by adding VMs as needed with less risk and cost.

What are the specifics?

VDI per user consumption model

VDI per user licenses offer product entitlement to AOS, AHV, and Prism Starter. For cluster licensing, you can choose VDI per user or CBL, but never both. This means that VDI per user is optimized for the entire cluster running VDI workloads. Some additional capabilities, like Nutanix Files or Flow can be added to complete your solution. A big benefit, besides simplified budgeting and purchase is reducing the risk of paying more later due to unforeseen changes in user or application requirements.ROBO per VM consumption model

ROBO per VM consumption model

ROBO per VM licenses offer product entitlement to AOS, AHV, and Prism Starter. Like the VDI per user license, you select only one type of license per cluster for ROBO as well. A ROBO per VM licensed cluster would remain separate from any CBL or appliance licensing. VMs in this approach are capped at 32GB RAM since most ROBO sites don’t exceed this level. Some additional capabilities, like encryption, Files, and Flow can be added to complete your solution. This approach provides a similar benefit in planning and purchasing to the VDI model, and also brings the benefit of optimized software and hardware spending for sites running a smaller number of VMs.

Where can I learn more information?

For more information, visit our website, the MyNutanix portal, or reach out to your account representative.

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