This topic explains various Portworx license types, and how you can use them.
Portworx products support the following license types:
|Portworx Essentials||Free Portworx license with limited functionality, suitable to run small production or proof-of-concept workloads.|
|Trial||Default license installed with 30 days trial period for full Portworx Enterprise functionality.|
|Portworx Enterprise VM||Enterprise license, suitable for Virtual Machine (VM) installs on-prem and in cloud|
|Portworx Enterprise Metal||Enterprise license, suitable for installs on any bare metal hardware|
Depending on the type of the container you are installing, a different license will be automatically activated. For example, the Portworx Enterprise automatically activates the Trial license (limited to 30 days), which you can upgrade to a Portworx Enterprise license at any time.
Checking your License
A brief license summary is provided with the
pxctl status command:
Status: PX is operational License: Trial license (expires in 30 days) [...]
More details about each individual licensed feature is displayed via
pxctl license list command, ie.:
pxctl license list
DESCRIPTION ENABLEMENT ADDITIONAL INFO Number of nodes maximum 1000 Number of volumes maximum 1024 [...] Virtual machine hosts yes Product SKU Trial expires in 30 days
In the table below, we can see the overview of features that are controlled via licensing as of Portworx v1.2.8.
|Number of nodes maximum||number||Defines the maximum number of nodes in a cluster|
|Number of volumes maximum||number||Defines max number of volues on a single node|
|Volume capacity [TB] maximum||number||Defines max size of a single volume|
|Storage aggregation||yes/no||Defines if volumes may be aggregated across multiple nodes|
|Shared volumes||yes/no||Defines if volumes may be shared w/ other nodes|
|Volume sets||yes/no||Defines if volumes may be scaled|
|BYOK data encryption||yes/no||Defines if volumes may be encrypted|
|Resize volumes on demand||yes/no||Defines if volumes can be resized|
|Snapshot to object store||yes/no||Defines if volumes may be snapshotted to Amazon S3, MS Azure and Google storage|
|Cluster level migration||yes/no||Defines if applications and data (using K8s namespace) can be migrated between paired clusters|
|Disaster Recovery (PX-DR)[Add-on]||yes/no||Enables synchronous and asynchronous DR features (requires 2.1 or later, needs additional license)|
|Virtual machine hosts||yes/no||Software may be deployed on VMs (including Amazon EC2, OpenStack Nova, etc…)|
|Bare-metal hosts||yes/no||Software may be deployed on commodity hardware|
Type of Licenses
Portworx Essential License
For more information about Portworx Essentials and license, refer to the Portworx Essentials topic.
The Trial license activates automatically when the Portworx Enterprise license is installed. The trial license provides the full product functionality for 30 days.
DESCRIPTION ENABLEMENT ADDITIONAL INFO Number of nodes maximum 1000 Number of volumes maximum 1024 Volume capacity [TB] maximum 40 Storage aggregation yes Shared volumes yes Volume sets yes BYOK data encryption yes Resize volumes on demand yes Snapshot to object store yes Bare-metal hosts yes Virtual machine hosts yes Product SKU Trial expires in 6 days, 20:40
When the trial period expires, one will no longer be able to create new volumes or volume snapshots. The normal functionality may be restored at any time, by purchasing and installing the Portworx Enterprise license.
- The Trial license can be upgraded into a Portworx Enterprise license by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, and activating via the activation code or via the license file (see Portworx Enterprise below for details)
- The Trial license itself cannot be upgraded or extended with another Trial.
Portworx Enterprise License
The Portworx Enterprise license is our most flexible license, which comes with a number of options. Please reach out to email@example.com to determine which type of Portworx Enterprise license will work best for your needs.
Once installed, the Portworx Enterprise license is locked to a single Portworx cluster via the unique UUID identifier of the cluster. Such license (or, license-file) will not work on other clusters.
The easiest way to install the Portworx Enterprise license, is via the “Activation ID” (reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for purchasing licenses), ie:
pxctl license activate c0ffe-fefe-activation-123
Note that the license activation process will require active Internet connection from the Portworx nodes to the license server, as the activation process automatically registers the cluster UUID, generates and installs the license on the cluster. Upon activating the license on one Portworx node, all remaining Portworx nodes will automatically update to the new license.
Install on air-gapped environments
If you’re running Portworx in an air-gapped environment, contact Portworx, Inc.’s support team at email@example.com. Note that you will follow a slightly different process.
Customers will be asked to provide the
Cluster UUID information (available via
pxctl cluster list command):
pxctl cluster list
Cluster ID: MY_FAVORITE_PX_CLUSTER Cluster UUID: f987ad4b-987c-4e7e-a8bd-788c89cc40f1 Status: OK [...]
Upon supplying the “Cluster UUID”, the customers will get their license file. The license file will need to be uploaded to one of the Portworx nodes, and activated via the following command:
pxctl license add license_file.bin
Finally, please note that the license installation is a non-obtrusive process, which will not interfere with the data stored on the Portworx volumes, nor will it interrupt the active IO operations.
You can transfer a valid enterprise license between two Portworx clusters. Both Portworx clusters need to be operational at the time of license transfer. The source cluster must have a valid Portworx Enterprise license, while the destination cluster can have either a valid or expired Trial license or expired Portworx Enterprise license.
License transfer command requires ‘clusterUUID’ from the source cluster, (available via
pxctl cluster list command) and remote Portworx cluster node IP.
pxctl license transfer -h
NAME: pxctl license transfer - Transfer license to remote PX cluster USAGE: pxctl license transfer <clusterUUID> <remoteIP> DESCRIPTION: Command swaps licenses between the two Portworx clusters. Note that both Portworx clusters need to be operational at the time this command is ran. The source cluster must have a valid Portworx Enterprise license, while the destination cluster can have either a valid or expired Trial license or expired Portworx Enterprise license. EXAMPLE: pxctl license transfer f91531d9-bf65-46f5-9619-eb99128e3270 10.0.15.201
- The license transfer happens directly between the Portworx clusters, so at least one node from source cluster must have a network connectivity to a node in the target Portworx cluster.
- After the successful license transfer, the two Portworx clusters will have swapped identities, and licenses (for example, Portworx cluster A will have Trial license originally from Portworx cluster B, while the cluster B will have the Portworx Enterprise license originally from cluster A)
For information on purchase, upgrades and support, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org