4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 22, 2019 2:00 AM by MarcoLITP

    Licensing / Layout - HCI Kit Essentials + HCI Kit ROBO Standard for 8 offices ?

    MarcoLITP Lurker

      Our non-profit SMB is looking into switching to vSAN and vSphere in the future. We have eight offices with three having around 50 users each and five having between 5 and 20 users each. The workload is light office administration work with about 25% using multi-media features like streaming video or audio (we hope to address this with RemoteFX on RDS). We are using Remote Desktop Services and like to continue doing this. Our data connections between these are between 70/30Mbit up/down and 140/60Mbit up/down, routed through our provider's MPLS network.


      My idea to keep VMware costs reasonable, as we are a non-profit SMB, is using an HCI Kit Essentials for the "datacenter" (one of the larger offices) using 2 or 3 hosts and split up the HCI Kit ROBO 25 VM license over the other sites. We'd give each site the RDS server their (local) users need and use DFS-R to keep data synced with the datacenter for important data. Shared services like Mail and web-apps would be hosted at the datacenter site as well. Veeam can take care of backups in the datacenter site, also housing the Witness VM appliances.At each site we'd have a 2-node setup ranging in performance according to the number of users and expected load.


      My calculations show we'd be able to stay within the 25 VM limit of the ROBO license easily, allowing growth. If I read the vSAN 6.7 Licensing Guide correctly, this is possible, am I correct ?


      My point for hosting RDS servers at each site is to minimize lag/delay but also to remove complete dependancy on internet connections (own site and datacenter/witness site).

      Is this a sane layout for our needs and will we conform to the licensing model ?