Software Options

Acropolis and Prism software are available in several editions to meet your infrastructure needs with the right capabilities on Nutanix and partner appliances, as well as Nutanix-certified hardware platforms.

Minimum Complexity, Maximum Flexibility

Whether you choose Nutanix software as part of a turnkey appliance solution or to run on your own installed platforms, Acropolis and Prism editions provide a range of capabilities to match your needs.

Acropolis Software Editions

  STARTER PRO ULTIMATE
  Core set of software functionality Rich data services, resilience and management features The full suite of Nutanix software capabilities to tackle complex infrastructure challenges
Ideal For Small-scale deployments with a limited set of workloads Running multiple applications or large-scale single workload deployments Multi-site deployments and advanced security requirements
Enterprise Storage
Cluster Size 12 No theoretical limits* No theoretical limits*
Heterogeneous Clusters      
VM-centric Snapshots & Clones      
Data Tiering      
Inline Compression      
Inline Performance Deduplication      
Online Cluster Grow/Shrink      
Nutanix Karbon™      
Nutanix Volumes™      
Compression      
Deduplication      
Erasure Coding (EC-X)      
VM Centric Storage QoS      
VM Flash Mode      
Infrastructure Resilience
Data Path Redundancy      
Tunable Redundancy Factor 2 2 or 3 2 or 3
Availability Domains - Block/Rack Awareness      
Data Protection
Disaster Recovery with Async Replication (1hr or larger RPO)      
Application Consistent Snapshots      
Local Snapshots      
Self Service Restore      
Cloud Connect      
Multiple Site DR (many to many) 1   Add-on license available  
Metro Availability 1   Add-on license available  
Disaster Recovery with NearSync or Sync Replication (1min-1hr RPO or 0 RPO) 1   Add-on license available  
On-premises Leap: Advanced Orchestration (Multiple Boot Phases, re-IP, Recovery Plan Test)1   Add-on license available  
Security
Client Authentication      
Cluster Lockdown      
Data-at-Rest Encryption (Software-based & SED)2   Add-on license available  
Native KMS2   Add-on license available  
Management & Analytics
Prism Starter      
Pulse      
Cluster Health      
One-click Upgrades (Nutanix OS & Hypervisor)      
Rest APIs      
Supported Hypervisors
Nutanix AHV      
VMware ESXi      
Microsoft Hyper-V      
XenServer for Citrix workloads      
Built-In Virtualization (Nutanix AHV)
VM Management      
Intelligent VM Placement      
VM Automated Resource Scheduling      
VM Affinity Rules      
Virtual Network Configuration      
Host Profiles      
VM High Availability      
Open Stack Drivers      
Hypervisor Conversion      
Cross Hypervisor DR      
Self Service Portal      
* Please refer to official documentation for best practices and maximum tested limits. Note that multiple clusters can be managed centrally through Prism Central.

Nutanix AOS Software Licensing Models

Select a Nutanix AOS license model based on the needs of your organization. You can license by capacity, by appliance, or by specific use cases and workloads. All licensing models include product entitlements for AOS, AHV, and Prism.

Capacity-based licensing

Capacity-based licensing allows you to purchase and apply licenses based on the number of physical CPU cores and total SSD capacity in your cluster. You can purchase software separately from your hardware with a license that is portable across hardware platforms, giving you additional flexibility for budgeting and planning.

  • Term license: 1 through 7-year options

Appliance-based licensing

Appliance-based licensing is tied to the underlying hardware and the life of your device and is non-transferable. You can license Nutanix NX appliances or OEM appliances this way and benefit from a packaged single-purchase approach. Term-based licensing is only available for Pro and Ultimate upgrades on NX appliances.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Per User

The VDI per user model offers product entitlement for AOS, AHV, and Prism with pricing on a per concurrent user basis. VDI per user is an alternative to capacity-based and appliance licensing options and is designed to provide simple, transparent licensing for all VDI users, regardless of the underlying hardware.

  • Term license: 1 through 7-year options
  • Must run on a dedicated VDI per user cluster with no capacity-based licensing

Remote and Branch Office (ROBO) Per Virtual Machine

The ROBO per VM model combines AOS, AHV and Prism together with pricing on a per VM basis. This licensing model is an alternative to capacity-based and appliance licensing and is designed for sites running typically up to 10 VMs.

  • Term license: 1 through 5-year options
  • Must run on a dedicated ROBO cluster with no capacity-based licensing

Nutanix Calm

Nutanix Calm is sold as an annual subscription licensed on a per virtual-machine (VM) basis. Calm licenses are
required only for VMs managed by Calm, running in either the Nutanix Enterprise cloud or public clouds.

  • Nutanix Calm is sold in 25 VM subscription license packs

Nutanix Era

Era is a subscription term-based software license. This product is licensed based on the concept of managed database server vCPUs. vCPU licensing is a consumption-based model that will allow customers to license just the database servers that will be managed by Nutanix Era.

  • Licenses are sold in 1 to 5 year subscription terms

Nutanix Flow

Nutanix Flow is sold as an annual subscription licensed on a per node basis. Licenses are needed for all nodes in a cluster where microsegmentation functionality will be used. This option requires a Nutanix cluster managed by Prism Central and using the AHV virtualization solution.

  • Licenses are sold in 1 to 5 year subscription terms
  • Prism Central with Starter license is needed to manage microsegmentation policy

Nutanix Files

Nutanix Files is sold by capacity under two different licenses. Nutanix Files Add-on License for HCI is for Nutanix Files running on mixed mode clusters. Nutanix Files Dedicated License is for Nutanix Files running on dedicated clusters. Nutanix Files is intended for enterprise file workloads within corporate datacenters and at edge locations including remote/branch offices (ROBO) where there is a mix of VM and file workloads.

Nutanix Objects

Nutanix Objects is sold by capacity under two different licenses, Nutanix Objects for AOS license is for Nutanix Objects running on mixed mode clusters. Nutanix Objects Dedicated license is for Nutanix Objects running on dedicated clusters. Nutanix Objects is intended for object storage use cases such as backup, archive and object storage for development.

Nutanix Prism Pro

Prism Pro enables smart IT operation and automation by optimizing capacity intelligently, monitoring and resolving anomalies proactively, and automating remediation and operations tasks. Prism Pro is available for purchase on a subscription basis. A trial version of Prism Pro is included with every edition of Acropolis.

  • Licensing will be on a per-node per year basis with option to purchase for 1/2/3/4 or 5-year term
  • One license should be purchased for each node in the cluster that is being “managed” by Prism Pro

See Also: Explore the hardware platforms optimized for Nutanix software.

1: For any G6 NX models or later, an Advanced Replication SKU is available as an add-on for the Pro licensing tier. This add-on license includes: Multi-site DR (many to many), Metro Availability, Disaster Recovery with NearSync or Sync Replication (1min-1hr RPO or 0 RPO).
Xi Leap subscribers do NOT need to upgrade to Pro or Ultimate AOS License to run this feature.

2: Encryption support is subject to export laws. Contact your account representative to confirm eligibility. For any G6 NX models or later, an Encryption SKU is available as an add-on for the Pro licensing tier. This add-on license includes data-at-rest-encryption required for Self Encrypting Drives (SED) or software-based encryption.
License includes an optional native Local Key Management (LKM) service

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