DataCore™ SDS Software Licensing Options

Flexible choices, packed with benefits

Three Editions to Choose From

DataCore™ SDS products are available in three software editions, EN, ST and LS with different prices per Terabyte (price/TB). Both term and perpetual licensing options are available.

EN license

Enterprise-class edition offers the highest performance, richest feature set and the most flexibility

ST license

Standard edition is ideal for midrange requirements

LS license

Large-scale secondary storage edition is tailored for backup, archive and less frequently accessed data where lower cost and higher capacity are favored over performance

Pay as You Grow

  • 1 year ST term license, including support and software updates
  • Volume discounts apply
  • Governmental and educational organizations are eligible for additional discounts
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Ideal for Enterprise-class, highest performance Standard, midrange Large-scale secondary storage
Data Services
Synchronous Mirroring FC, iSCSI iSCSI FC, iSCSI
Parallel I/O
Replication & Site Recovery
Continuous Data Protection (CDP)
Random Write Accelerator
Data Migration
Quality of Service (QoS)
Load Balancing
Thin Provisioning
Storage Pooling
Access Methods
Fibre Channel (FC)
Storage Devices
AFA, Hybrid Arrays, JBOD, Flash, HDD
Shared Multi-Port Arrays (SMPA)
Storage Protocols NVMe, FC, iSCSI, SAS/SATA, Cloud Gateways
Analytics / Actionable Insights DataCore™ Insight Services
Proactive Insights SaaS portal available only on term licenses
(Cloud-based Analytics Platform)
Predictive Insights
Operational Insights
Physical Servers (Bare Metal)
Virtual Machines
Centralized Management
Real-Time & Historical Charting
Orchestration / Provisioning
Analytics / Alerting (on-premises)
Command / Control
PowerShell API
Console UI

Flexible Deployment Options

Each edition may be configured with existing or new servers and storage to:

  • Pool and virtualize popular storage arrays from any of the major manufacturers
  • Create purpose-built storage servers (converged or server SAN)
  • Hyperconverge storage across a cluster of servers (HCI)
  • Create combinations of the above

Nodes licensed for different editions cooperate in a centrally-managed pool to address diverse infrastructure-wide requirements.

Term or Perpetual Licenses – Your Choice

The software may be licensed in three ways:

  • Annual and multi-year term software licenses*
  • Perpetual software licenses with recurring annual support fee
  • Integrated system* consisting of a hardware appliance with a multi-year term software license
  • 24×7 Premier Support from DataCore is included for the contracted term

*Secure access to our cloud-based analytics platform, DataCore™ Insight Services (DIS), is included with term licenses. DIS delivers predictive monitoring, analytics and issue resolution, actionable intelligence, and proactive optimizations all through a single pane of glass. Learn more about DIS here.

Granular Capacity Increments

The entry point and capacity expansion increment for EN and ST nodes may be as little as 1 TB, making them ideal for remote or edge requirements where compact, highly available solutions are necessary. Capacity expansion for LS deployments, well suited for large, secondary storage requirements come in steps of 50TBs or more per node.

Lower Prices as Capacity Consumption Grows

The price per TB for capacity expansion decreases as your total Terabytes under management crosses different bands. For example, when you add enough licenses to reach the 50-99 TB range for a given edition, your price per TB for the expansion licenses will be lower than if your total was in the 25-49 TB range.

  • 1-9TBs
  • 10-24TBs
  • 25-49TBs
  • 50-99TBs
  • 100-249TBs
  • 250-499TBs

MSRPs and sliding scale price bands are subject to change without notice. The total capacity used in the determination is based on current active TBs under continuous support contract for the edition.

Please consult a DataCore-authorized partner in your vicinity for pricing on the overall solution. Prices may vary in different geographic regions.

License Activation

Each instance of a DataCore™ SDS node requires two types of licenses.

  • Zero-capacity base license
  • Capacity expansion license(s)

The base licenses determine which Edition (EN, ST or LS) you’ve chosen for that node.

Capacity expansion licenses govern the maximum number of TBs the node or group of nodes can control underneath it.

For example, a high-available group of two ST nodes, where each instance manages 38TBs of storage would require each node to have:

  • One zero-capacity base ST license*
  • 38TBs of ST capacity expansion licenses

If at a later time, data growth dictates adding another 12TBs of storage to one of the instances, you would simply license another 12TBs of ST capacity expansion licenses and activate them on that node, raising its maximum capacity to 50TBs.

*The zero-capacity licenses should be requested from the Customer Support web site. They must be activated before or together with the capacity expansion licenses.

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