SPEU is short for Service Provider edition Unit. An SPEU is like a coupon.
Partners using the SP Edition to offer backup services will first need to purchase SPEUs
Purchased SPEUs will be credited to the partner’s ‘account’ at the Vembu StoreGrid Partner Zone and partners can use their SPEU balance to issue licenses as required
SPEU purchase page & SPEU calculator ; you will need the Partner Access Code (PAC) Click here if you haven’t got the Partner Access Code (PAC) yet.
Partner Zone (you will be given a Partner ID & password after your first SPEU purchase) (we use a private certificate on this page; your browser may throw up a security warning; you can safely ignore this warning and accept the certificate)
A StoreGrid installation on a Desktop OS needs 1 SPEU to license it for 1 year (inclusive of all updates, upgrades, bug fixes, etc).
Desktop OS are: Windows 2000, XP, Vista & Mac OS X.
A StoreGrid installation on a Server OS needs 2 SPEUs to license it for 1 year (inclusive of all updates, upgrades, bug fixes, etc).
Server OS are: Windows 2000 Server, 2003 Server, Small Business Server, Linux, FreeBSD.
Irrespective of which operating system it is running on, a Replication Server needs 2 SPEUs to license it for 1 year (inclusive of all updates, upgrades, bug fixes, etc)
The Advanced Plugin for SQL / Exchange requires 1 extra SPEU. Hence, for example, a Windows Server 2003 machine with advanced SQL & Exchange backup functionality will require 3 SPEUs to license it for 1 year. The Basic Plugin supporting SQL+Exchange Backups continues to be available at no extra charge.
Understanding SPEUs with an example… Clients Clients OS Assumptions Any OS Red Hat Linux Win 2003 Server Win 2003 Server Win 2000 Server Win XP Mac OSX Other Assumptions Using Advanced SQL+Exchange Plugin SPEUs Required 2 2 2 3 2 1 1
Total SPEUs required: 13
6 SPEUs= 2+2+2 towards licenses for 2 backup servers & 1 replication server
7 SPEUs=2+1+1+3 towards supporting required clients as described in example
The 7 SPEUs will be added to the server in the form of an ‘MSPEU license’ (more details on this coming up…)
Remote Replication Server Local Backup Server Local Backup Server
Purchase SPEUs from http://www.vembu.com/storegrid/storegrid- pricing.html Enter the Partner Access Code ( click here if you haven’t got the code) The purchase page includes a calculator to help you assess your requirements.
Your account at the Partner Zone will be credited with the purchased SPEUs (if this is your first SPEU purchase, we will create your account and send you the details within 1 business day)
For example, if you’d purchased 50 SPEUs, your account will display 50 SPEUs
You can license your backup server, replication server and clients by utilizing these SPEUs
When your account is running low on SPEUs, simply buy some more and credit your account accordingly
On the StoreGrid WebConsole of the Backup Server, go to Server Admin License Management and click on “Apply License Key to Server”
Apply the annual license key. You can issue your own key from the Partner Zone
Your backup server is now licensed for 1 year (with probably a week’s grace period)
1 2 Backup Server Clients Clients Clients
All client licensing is managed from the backup server, for example: Clients Clients Clients Client licenses added here in the form of MSPEUs… Client licenses added here in the form of MSPEUs… Scenario 1 Direct backup to Remote Backup Server Scenario 2 Backup to local server Replication to remote replication server Remote Backup Server Remote Replication Server Local Backup Server Local Backup Server
M SPEU? Please do go through this section! Amongst other things, it will help answer questions like “What if my client discontinues?” “What if he changes OS?” etc
MSPEUs were introduced to allow easier license management, especially when:
a client changes his operating system (from Desktop OS to Server OS or vice versa)
A client discontinues service for one of his installations midway through the year and you wish to reuse the remaining credit on other clients.
The backup server holds a 'bank' of MSPEUs and as clients connect to the backup server they use up MSPEUs from the server's bank - on a monthly basis. MSPEUs ensure that as long as your server has enough MSPEUs on it, you needn't spend time and effort worrying about client licensing.