Q: How is Runecast licensed?

A: Runecast licensing is based on the number of assets to be licensed, with multi-tiered pricing and annual subscription options (1 or 3 years) – to accommodate the needs of all organizations.

VMware

For VMware technologies, the licensing model is based on the number of CPU sockets in the licensed ESXi hosts (neither number of cores nor VMs matter). Licensing is available on an annual subscription basis with 1-year and 3-year subscription options.

AWS

For Amazon Web Services (AWS) technologies, licensing is based on Billable Assets (BAs), with EC2 instances (except nano and micro instances), RDS instances (except micro instances), and Lambda functions considered Billable Assets. Due to the numbers involved, five Lambda functions are considered a single Billable Asset. All Billable Assets must be licenced, whether they are powered on or not.

Google Cloud

For Google Cloud (previously named Google Cloud Platform or GCP) technologies, each of the following is counted as one billable asset:

  • Compute Engine - except shared CPU VM instances (g1-small and f1-micro)
  • Cloud SQL - except shared CPU instances (db-g1-small and db-f1-micro)
  • Cloud Functions - 5 functions equal one billable asset

Microsoft Azure

For Microsoft Azure technologies, licensing is based on BAs, with VM instances (except A0 and B1S instances), SQL (DB and Server), and Azure Functions considered BAs. Due to the numbers involved, five Azure functions are considered a single Billable Asset. All Billable Assets must be licenced, whether they are powered on or not. N.B. Network Security Groups are not billable.

Kubernetes

For Kubernetes technologies, each Node (containing at least one pod) is considered a Billable Asset. All Billable Assets must be licenced, whether they are powered on or not.

Operating Systems

For OS, a Billable Asset is a Windows or Linux asset/agent. Windows and Linux server/desktops are licensed in the same way regardless of whether they run in a virtual or physical machine, on-prem or in the cloud. The licensing is not dependent on other Runecast modules (VMware, AWS, Azure, etc.). Each module is licensed separately.