Some of the best information comes from the people you ask in their respected field and not just what you read. When you've heard a question enough times, its time to write about it (or at least get it out there in some capacity). This blog, is just that. It is a simple scenario about a specific question... "How do I…know when Virtual Fabrics are required for FICON deployments?"
As your network environment grows your scalability and capacity needs change. The NetIron platform not only gives you the flexibility to unlock additional scalability and performance potential, but also the option to try or demo this increased performance before you purchase. Many NetIron users may or may not be aware of the optional features that can be enabled via a license. Although this capability is documented in various NetIron docs, such as the Ironware Software Upgrade Guide, at times I find that a condensed version that shows what licensed features are available is helpful rather than wading through pages and pages of documentation. The information below describes the available NetIron license types and the features they make available. More detailed information on NetIron Licensing can be found in theIronware Software Upgrade Guide.
NetIron License Types
Temporary License The temporary license enables a license-controlled feature to run on the device on a temporary basis. A temporary license enables demonstration and evaluation of a licensed feature and can be valid for a period of 45 days*.
Permanent license The permanent license enables a license-controlled feature to run on the device indefinitely.
*Note: Temporary licenses are valid for 45 days from the date the license was generated; a second 45 day license can be requested in the event that additional time is required. Only two, 45-day temporary licenses are permitted for each feature on each unit. When a purchased, permanent license is installed, the temporary license will be de-activated and replaced by the purchased license...