Portworx licenses


This topic explains the various Portworx license types, and how you can use them.

Note: If you have already set up your cluster using any of the paid or free Portworx licenses, you can switch to pay-as-you-go (PAYG) billing by acquiring a PAYG account key from the Pure Storage support team. For more information about switching to PAYG, refer to the pay-as-you-go topic.

Portworx products support the following license types:

License type Description
Portworx Essentials Free Portworx license with limited functionality, suitable to run small production or proof-of-concept workloads.
Trial Default license installed with 30 days trial period for full Portworx Enterprise functionality.
Portworx Enterprise VM Enterprise license, suitable for Virtual Machine (VM) installs on-prem and in cloud
Portworx Enterprise Metal Enterprise license, suitable for installs on any bare metal hardware

Depending on the type of container you are installing, a different license will be automatically activated. For example, the Portworx Enterprise automatically activates the Trial license (limited to 30 days), which you can upgrade to a Portworx Enterprise license at any time.

Licensed features

In the following table, you can see the overview of features that are controlled via licensing.

Description Type Details
Number of nodes maximum number Defines the maximum number of nodes in a cluster
Number of volumes maximum number Defines max number of volumes on a single node
Volume capacity [TB] maximum number Defines max size of a single volume
Storage aggregation yes/no Defines if volumes may be aggregated across multiple nodes
Shared volumes yes/no Defines if volumes may be shared w/ other nodes
Volume sets yes/no Defines if volumes may be scaled
BYOK data encryption yes/no Defines if volumes may be encrypted
Resize volumes on demand yes/no Defines if volumes can be resized
Snapshot to object store yes/no Defines if volumes may be snapshotted to Amazon S3, MS Azure and Google storage
Cluster level migration yes/no Defines if applications and data (using K8s namespace) can be migrated between paired clusters
Disaster Recovery (PX-DR)[Add-on] yes/no Enables synchronous and asynchronous DR features (requires 2.1 or later, needs additional license)
Virtual machine hosts yes/no Software may be deployed on VMs (including Amazon EC2, OpenStack Nova, etc…)
Bare-metal hosts yes/no Software may be deployed on commodity hardware

Trial License

The trial license activates automatically when the Portworx Enterprise license is installed. The trial license provides the full product functionality for 30 days.

Number of nodes maximum         1000
Number of volumes maximum       1024
Volume capacity [TB] maximum      40
Storage aggregation              yes
Shared volumes                   yes
Volume sets                      yes
BYOK data encryption             yes
Resize volumes on demand         yes
Snapshot to object store         yes
Bare-metal hosts                 yes
Virtual machine hosts            yes
Product SKU                     Trial    expires in 6 days, 20:40

Trial license expiration

After the trial period expires, you cannot create new volumes or volume snapshots. You can restore normal functionality by purchasing and installing a Portworx Enterprise license.

Last edited: Wednesday, Jul 6, 2022