as we know , nutanix has 3 type license type: embedded with NOS and free Starter, pro , ultimate
1)is it based one node or cluster ? after adding new node to cluster, is new license code required ?
2) I found my pro license has a one year expiration date ! just like a test or temp license.
the support team told me "The licenses were purchased only for 1 year hence the license expiry date shows 2/10/2017.The Nutanix licenses terms are 1yr, 2yrs, 3yrs or 6yrs depending on the term of license purchased."
but in my opinion, i think it should not have an expire date for formal license. in fact, many vendors give user permanent license. and hardware or tech support can have time limit,typically 3Y / 5 Years. I just can`t understand why nutanix make mix software license and support agreement together. Hope I have made my qustion clearly.
Best answer by Jon
Licenses are not tied to support agreements, they are separate line items on our quotes; however, customers usually purchase the two items for similar lengths of time as that makes renewals easier.
Most customers, at least in the US, buy "Device" licenses as an option. These licenses are permanent license for the life the that node.
That said, thats usually a bit more expensive, so when customers need to fit into a lower budget, they may chose to pick a shorter license term length.
Support agreements are completely different. They are generally sold in 1, 3, or 5 year terms (though some customers go with 2, 4, 6, and even 7 in some special cases (7 years is usually an exception).
For example, I could buy a 1 year license, and a 3 year support agreement, or vice versa (3 year license, and a 1 year support agreement).
This is also sometimes done because of the way customer budget cycles work, they CANT buy long term licenses, or some can't buy short term licenses or support agreements, because of their business policies. Each customer is different of course.