Learn about the multi-model VM-Series ELA and how it
is designed to adapt growth with the security needs in your enterprise.
The VM-Series Enterprise License Agreement
(VM-Series ELA) is a one-
or three-year comprehensive licensing agreement that enables you
to purchase VM-Series firewalls, along with the GlobalProtect, PAN-DB
URL Filtering, Threat Prevention, WildFire, and DNS Security subscriptions.
It also includes a support entitlement and a device management license
for Panorama. The multi-model VM-Series ELA provides simplified
license management with a single contract that allows you to deploy
any model of the VM-Series firewall that meets your enterprise security needs.
When you purchase the multi-model VM-Series ELA,
you forecast the number of firewalls that you’ll need over the term
of your subscription. Based on your forecast and an additional allotment
that accommodates for future growth, your account on the Customer
Support Portal (CSP) is credited with a license token pool that
allows you to deploy any model of the VM-Series firewall. Depending
on the firewall model and the number of firewalls that you deploy,
a specified number of tokens are deducted from your available license
token pool. The tokens drawn from your account are calculated based
on the value of each firewall model:
With the VM-Series ELA, there is no true-up due at the end of
the term which means that you are not billed retroactively even
if you deploy more firewalls than your original forecast. So, to
balance flexibility with accountability, the VM-Series ELA terms of
use include a bounded and unbounded period that explains how you
can consume tokens and deploy firewalls as the need arises. For
details, refer to the ELA terms and conditions.
The VM-Series firewalls that you deploy with the VM-Series ELA do not
have a perpetual license and on the expiry of the term, you must
renew the agreement to extend the support entitlement and get continued
access to software and content release updates on the firewalls.
With the ELA administrator role on the CSP, you can transfer
or split the licensing tokens among other administrators who belong
to different departments with their own CSP accounts. This sharing
enables other administrators in your enterprise to deploy the VM-Series
firewall on demand as long as they have tokens available in their
respective CSP accounts. See Manage VM-Series ELA License Tokens to invite other administrators to share ELA tokens
and deploy any model of the VM-Series firewall that meets your enterprise
security need. You can also reclaim tokens to remove CSP accounts
from the VM-Series ELA if you want to redistribute tokens based
on changing organizational needs.