Licensing SRE

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    Created by: SCOTT PITTS on 20-11-2010 01:33:44 AM
    It would appear that a Cisco license pak is required to run ESXi on the SRE platform. I was initially told (account team) that ESXi would be a no cost license and that the license costs would come from VMWare. I placed one of our free ESXi licenses on the ESXi server and it limited the services down to what the free version ESXi is entitled. However, the SRE shell still shows a temporary license, so I would imagine the two are not related. Is this just due to the Beta or will there be some charge to use ESXi on the SRE? The licensing also seemed to support SRE-Vhost and possibly other Cisco Modules at the same time like the wireless controller for instance. We were also told only one application would be on the SRE at a time so you have to pick or choose. Has this changed? I know that directions change and I was just trying to see where things are headed.

    Subject: RE: Licensing SRE
    Replied by: John Voss on 20-11-2010 01:33:44 AM
    It would appear that a Cisco license pak is required to run ESXi on the SRE platform. I was initially told (account team) that ESXi would be a no cost license and that the license costs would come from VMWare. I placed one of our free ESXi licenses on the ESXi server and it limited the services down to what the free version ESXi is entitled. However, the SRE shell still shows a temporary license, so I would imagine the two are not related. Is this just due to the Beta or will there be some charge to use ESXi on the SRE? The licensing also seemed to support SRE-Vhost and possibly other Cisco Modules at the same time like the wireless controller for instance. We were also told only one application would be on the SRE at a time so you have to pick or choose. Has this changed? I know that directions change and I was just trying to see where things are headed.
     
     


    I apologize for the confusion.  A VMware ESXi license will be provided by Cisco under the SRE-V license when the production SRE-V software is release.  This VMware license is not included in the Beta image. 
     
    There will be no need to purchase a ESXi license, instead, you will need to purchase a SRE-V license from Cisco to continue using the ESXi software beyond the 60 day eval/temporary license you are currently seeing in the SRE-V host.
     
    In addition, there is no need to purchase support from VMware - support for the ESXi software will be provided by Cisco under your router SMARTNet contract as long as you have the SRE-V license(s) for your SRE module(s).
     
    The SRE-V license is mutually exclusive of other Cisco services for SRE such as WAAS, Wireless LAN Contoller, etc.  I.e., if you install SRE-V on a SRE module, then that module will be fully dedicated to SRE-V. 
     
    You have the option at a later point in time to replace the SRE-V software with another Cisco service (e.g., Wireless LAN controller), but that will require you to remove the SRE-V software and install and license the Wireless LAN controller software on that SRE module.
     
    We are working on supporting multiple Cisco services concurrently in the future on top of SRE-V, but availability will depend on the resource utilization of the particular Cisco service and whether or not it can run virtualized.
     
    I recommend we set up a meeting with your account team to make sure we address your particular situation in terms of the SRE-V licensing.
     
    Best Regards,
     
    John