StorNext Licenses

License Type Description

Certified Disk

A Certified Disk license allows a Metadata Controller (MDC) to use a specified amount of Quantum-certified disks. For additional information, see StorNext Disk Licensing and StorNext Disk Certification Catalog (DCC).

Encryption

An Encryption license is required to create encryption keys and use them in storage manager policies for client-side encryption.

FlexTier™ Private Cloud Subscription

A FlexTier™ for Private Cloud Subscription license enables StorNext Storage Manager to manage data residing on a Quantum Lattus P-100 or X-100, or Quantum Approved 3rd Party object storage platforms.

Note: A minimum requirement of StorNext 6.0.5 (or later) is necessary in order to obtain and install a FlexTier™ Private Cloud Subscription license.

Note: FlexTier™ licenses are purchased and renewed periodically. If your FlexTier™ license expires prior to being renewed, or if you exceed the amount of licensed capacity, Storage Manager does not store new files to the destination.

Caution: If you have installed a FlexTier™ Private Cloud Subscription license and are running any release prior to StorNext 6.0.5, see Product Bulletin 100.

FlexTier™ Public Cloud Subscription

A FlexTier™ Public Cloud Subscription license allows StorNext Storage Manager to store data onto a supported public cloud destination such as Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure.

Note: A minimum requirement of StorNext 6.0.5 (or later) is necessary in order to obtain and install a FlexTier™ Public Cloud Subscription license.

Note: FlexTier™ licenses are purchased and renewed periodically. If your FlexTier™ license expires prior to being renewed, or if you exceed the amount of licensed capacity, Storage Manager does not store new files to the destination.

Caution: If you have installed a FlexTier™ Public Cloud Subscription license and are running any release prior to StorNext 6.0.5, see Product Bulletin 100.

LAN Client

StorNext LAN Clients use IP protocols to read and write data to the StorNext File System through Quantum appliances that can operate as a StorNext LAN Gateway. You must have a LAN Client license for each LAN Client you intend to use with StorNext (in addition to any SAN Client licenses).

Note: For Quantum appliances that can operate as a StorNext LAN Gateway, LAN Clients are referred to as Gateway Clients, and are not licensed on a "per-seat" basis. See the StorNext LAN Gateway License.

Maintenance

A Maintenance license is associated with the expiration date of your current service contract. A valid Maintenance License is required to enable StorNext software upgrades. This license is a time-based license key that expires on the same date as the maintenance contract. Each time the maintenance contract is extended, a new maintenance license key is generated.

Note: License enforcement is based on the date of the software to which you are upgraded, regardless of the current date. For example, if your maintenance license key is valid between January 16th, 2017 and January 16th, 2018, you could upgrade to a software version that is released prior to the expiration date of the maintenance license (and of the associated underlying service contract) expiration date, but not to a version released after January 16th, 2018.

See StorNext Licenses for information about Maintenance Licenses on StorNext appliances.

Object Storage

The Object Storage license specifies the amount of data that StorNext Storage Manager can place onto a Quantum Lattus object store platform.

The Object Storage license must be installed on supported Quantum appliances and MDC with dedicated 10GbE NIC connections in order to configure StorNext to use Object Storage as a storage destination. Prior to StorNext 5 Release 5.1, this license was called SNSM Wide Area Storage, which was first supported in StorNext 4.6. This license name was deprecated in StorNext 5 Release 5.1, and is superseded by the Object Storage license.

SAN Client

A StorNext SAN Client enables a host computer to mount a StorNext file system with direct block-level access to the disk arrays using Fibre Channel or iSCSI connections. The StorNext file system is licensed on a per-client basis. Any machine that directly mounts the file system is considered a client.

SNSM Wide Area Storage

The StorNext Storage Manager (SNSM) for Wide Area Storage (WAS) license was used to enable Object Storage access for supported Quantum appliances and WAS-capable MDCs configured for use with Lattus systems. This license is deprecated in StorNext 5 release 5.1. For systems running StorNext 5 release 5.1 or later, see the Object Storage license.

The SNSM Wide Area Storage license is installed but not enabled by default as part of StorNext 4.6.x until StorNext 5 release 5.1, and from StorNext 5 release 5.1 forward the Object Storage license for supported Quantum Appliances and MDCs. A license key must be applied through the StorNext GUI in order to enable the license.

Storage Manager

StorNext Storage Manager is licensed based on the capacity of data stored to secondary tiers of storage (Tape or Storage Disk).

For StorNext 5 releases 5.4 and later, a Storage Manager manager license provides full access to the base functionality of StorNext Storage Manager.

Support for non-Quantum object storage on public or private clouds are licensed using the annual capacity-based subscription model (see the FlexTier™ subscription licenses).

For StorNext 5 releases up to and including 5.3.x, a Storage Manager license provides full access to the data management capabilities of Storage Manager.

StorNext FX

A StorNext FX license enables a StorNext FX client, or a StorNext SAN client, to connect to an Apple Xsan MDC and mount an Xsan file system with direct block level access to disk arrays using Fibre Channel or iSCSI connectivity. StorNext FX is licensed on a per-client basis. Any machine that directly mounts the file system is considered a client. StorNext FX licenses are applied on the Xsan MDC.

StorNext LAN Gateway

A StorNext LAN Gateway license is a StorNext SAN Client that allows LAN-based client connectivity to a StorNext File System.

Uncertified Disk

An Uncertified Disk license allows a Metadata Controller (MDC) to use a specified amount of non-Quantum-certified disks. For additional information, see StorNext Disk Licensing and StorNext Disk Certification Catalog (DCC).

Licenses for Features

Note: The Checksum license key is no longer required to enable Generation and Validation of checksums within a Policy. Existing checksum license keys are ignored, and new licenses do not include checksum licenses keys.

Feature License Description

Alternate Store Location

An Alternate Store Location license is required for the automated copying of files from a main instance of StorNext to a remote instance of StorNext. For additional information, see the section "Alternate Store Location" in the StorNext User's Guide.

Deduplication

A deduplication license is required to use the StorNext Data Deduplication (blockpool) feature. This license is available for either File System only or Storage Manager environments. Deduplication is licensed per terabyte (TB) of the blockpool.

Distributed Data Mover (DDM)

A DDM license is required to retrieve data using additional servers besides the system functioning as a StorNext metadata controller (MDC). This license is available only for Storage Manager environments, and is required for each DDM host.

Note: Each DDM host also requires one File System SAN Client license, in addition to the DDM license.

Dynamic Application Environment (DAE)

A Dynamic Application Environment (DAE) license allows virtual machine (VM) environments to be installed on the system. DAE-supported applications can be installed and run in the VM operating system.

DAE-supported systems:

  • aiWARE for Xcellis  Embedded (DAE)
  • Xcellis Foundation
  • Xcellis Workflow Director
  • Artico (R630)

Note: While multiple DAE VMs may be installed (or imported) and configured for use on the system, only one (1) VM can be operating a time.

Note: aiWARE for Xcellis systems host a VM environment which is similar to, but different from a DAE VM. While not recommended, aiWARE for Xcellis Embedded (DAE) systems can be licensed simultaneously for both aiWARE and DAE. However, only a DAE VM or the aiWARE VM can be operational at a single time. When a DAE VM is running, the aiWARE VM docker is prevented from running. Likewise, when the aiWARE VM is running, a DAE VM is prevented from running.

 

Failover (HA)

A Failover HA (High Availability) license enables automated failover from the primary server node to the secondary server node, in the event of a primary server node failure. This license is available for either File System only or Storage Manager environments. One HA license is required for each server node pair. The HA license is applied to both server nodes. In addition to the client licenses applied to each server node, a third client must be installed in is also required to ensure proper failover functionality. This client can be one that is already accessing a StorNext file system. However, this third client must be purchased separately. See the StorNext File System Client Mount Requirement.

FlexSpace™

FlexSpace is a separately licensed feature that allows one or more FlexSpace clients to leverage cloud-based storage to create sharable work-spaces distributed across multiple StorNext systems.

FlexSync™

FlexSync is a licensed feature that uses advanced metadata capabilities to create local or remote replicas of an entire file system, or any portion of a file system. FlexSync solutions are easily configured using a simple, but powerful user interface, deliver sustained scalable performance, and are very resource efficient. Whether protecting files locally or across a network connection, FlexSync creates file replicas in near real time to ensure that file data is protected and easily recoverable. See the FlexSync Licensing Guidelines section available in the FlexSync Documentation Center for additional details.

NAS

A NAS license is used to enable Network File Sharing (NFS) and Server Message Block (SMB) sharing of StorNext file systems using Quantum-supplied NFS and SMB software.

Additional Resources

For StorNext Connect configuration, see the StorNext Connect Documentation Center at www.quantum.com/sncdocs.

For Appliance Controller configuration, see the Appliance Controller Documentation Center at www.quantum.com/accdocs.

Archive Conversion

An Archive Conversion Utility (ACU) license is required to enable the reading and migrating of a non-StorNext Storage Manager archive into StorNext. An ACU license is only available as part of a Quantum professional services project.

Note: Contact your Quantum sales representative for more information about Archive Conversion Utility.

Partial File Retrieval (PFR)

A StorNext Partial File Retrieval (PFR) license enables you to quickly retrieve and use segments of large media files, rather than the entire file, based on timecode parameters. PFR licenses are not included in the license.dat file. PFR uses a different licensing and installation process, as described in the StorNext PFR 1.2 Users Guide.

Replication

A replication license is required if you want to use the StorNext Data Replication feature. Replication is licensed on a per-MDC (or MDC pair) basis. If replication is used between multiple MDC sets, each MDC set must have a replication license. If deduplication is used in conjunction with replication, a separate deduplication license is also required.

Note: There are two types of replication licenses - the File System only Replication license, and the Storage Manager replication license. If Storage Manager is in use on the MDCs, t he Storage Manager replication license must be purchased even if the file system being replicated is not managed.

Storage Disk

You must have a Storage Disk (SDISK) license to configure and use StorNext storage disks. This license enables the SDISK feature, but data written still counts toward the per TB capacity of the Storage Manager.

Vaulting

A Vault Option license allows you to move seldom-used media from a Quantum or supported third-party library to a manual archive vault, freeing room for media in the managed archives. This license is available only for Storage Manager environments.

If a vault option license is purchased, any data that is stored in a vault does not apply to the Storage Manager capacity license.

Information Contained within a License File

Table 1 illustrates the type of information contained within a license file.

Table 1: Parameters and Values Found Within a License File

License Parameter

License Value

Product server
System Your System Name
Company Your Company Name
Serial Number Your Serial Number
Identifier C201F8620
Number of Clients 1
Expiration mm-dd-yyyy
License AAAAA/DAAAE/AJCLJ/9S2WA/M7RA9/9NH4W/XTL7T/5ARNQ/TYYRJ/4J222/RS
Authorization String server 1 C201F8620 1 AAAAADAAAEAJCLJ9S2WAM7RA99NH4WXTL7T5ARNQTYYRJ4J222RS <Your System Name> <Your Company Name> <Your Serial Number>

Note: The Authorization String license value includes a prefix applicable to the type of license. In the example below, it is server.

Authorization String: server 1 C201F8620 1 AAAAADAAAEAJCLJ9S2WAM7RA99NH4WXTL7T5ARNQTYYRJ4J222RS <Your System Name> <Your Company Name> <Your Serial Number>

Table 2 provides a conversion table illustrating the type of license and its equivalent prefix as shown in the Authorization String license value.

Table 2: Authorization String License Value Conversion

License Type

License Name in Authorization String

Certified Disk

disk_certified

Checksum

checksum

Deduplication

dedup

Distributed Data Mover (DDM)

ddm

Dynamic Application Environment (DAE) dae

Encryption

encryption

Failover (HA)

failover

FlexSpace

flexspace

FlexSync

flexsync
FlexTier Private Cloud Subscription flex_private_cloud
FlexTier Public Cloud Subscription flex_public_cloud

Gateway Licensed MDC

gateway

LAN Client

proxy

Maintenance

maintenance

NAS

nas

Object Storage

object_storage

Replication

replication

SAN Client

server

SNFS Wide Area Storage

snfs_was

SNSM Wide Area Storage

snsm_was

Note: The SNSM Wide Area Storage license was deprecated in StorNext 5 release 5.1, and renamed to the Object Storage license.

Storage Disk

sdisk

Storage Manager

manager

Uncertified Disk

disk_uncertified

Vaulting

vaulting