On AliCloud, there are usually two order types: bring your own license (BYOL) and On-Demand.
On-Demand is term-based and has two options; subscription and Pay-as-you-go (PAYG).
BYOL is perpetual licensing as opposed to On-Demand. Subscription is monthly-based whereas PAYG is hour-based. BYOL licenses are available for purchase from resellers or your distributors, and prices are listed in the publicly available price list which is updated quarterly. BYOL licensing provides the same ordering practice across all private and public clouds, no matter what the platform is. You must activate a license for the first time you access the instance from the GUI or CLI before you can start using various features.
On-Demand has no licenses. FortiGate becomes available for use immediately after the instance is created. Term-based prices (hourly or annually) are mentioned in the marketplace product page.
In both BYOL and On-Demand, cloud vendors charge separately for resource consumption on computing instances, storage, and so on, without use of software running on top of it (in this case FortiGate).
- For BYOL, you typically order a combination of products and services including support entitlement. To proceed with licensing a BYOL deployment, see Registering and downloading licenses.
- To purchase On-Demand, all you need to do is launch the product on the marketplace. However, you must contact Fortinet Support with your customer information to obtain support entitlement. See Creating a support account. See Support on the marketplace product page.
On-Demand FortiGate instances do not support the use of virtual domains (VDOMs). If you plan to use VDOMs, deploy BYOL instances instead.