VMware, the market leader in powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), enables the lowest cost and highest performance next-generation HCI solutions through proven VMware Hyper-Converged Software. The natively integrated software combines the marketing-leading VMware vSphere hypervisor, the VMware vCenter Server unified management solution, and radically simple VMware Virtual SAN storage with the broadest and deepest set of HCI deployment choice

Virtual SAN is quite capable of running nearly any virtual server and desktop workload. These workloads run in an ever-increasing number of environments: data centers, remote offices, call centers, retail stores, commercial ships, and the list goes on. A one-size-fits-all licensing model does not cover such a wide variety of use cases so VMware offers Virtual SAN in a few different licensing options.

The Virtual SAN 6.2 Licensing Guide has been created to help customers and partners understand what licensing editions are available, the features included in each edition, the consumption types (per-CPU and per-VM), and the scenarios in which they are used. While it might seem a bit confusing at first, you will hopefully see that the intent was to keep licensing as simple as possible while providing flexible, cost-effective options for a wide variety of implementation scenarios. This guide begins with a quick introduction to Virtual SAN and the license editions available with version 6.2. This is followed by several example scenarios along with a summary that highlights the main items to keep in mind when considering Virtual SAN 6.2 licensing.

Hopefully, this guide clears up any questions you might have around Virtual SAN licensing.

This post originally appeared on the Storage & Availability blog Virtual Blocks and was written by Jeff Hunter. Jeff is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect at VMware focusing on availability solutions. Jeff has been with VMware since 2007. Prior to VMware, Jeff spent several years in a systems engineer role expanding the virtual infrastructures at a regional bank and a Fortune 500 insurance company. Follow him on twitter: @jhuntervmware