On Rackspace, there are usually two order types: BYOL and PAYG.
BYOL offers perpetual (normal series and v-series) and annual subscription (s-series, available starting Q4 2019) licensing as opposed to PAYG, which is a term-based subscription available with marketplace-listed products. 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. For a BYOL instance deployment on the Rackspace cloud, use the FortiGate-VM deployment file for Xen.
With a PAYG subscription, the FortiGate-VM becomes available for use immediately after you create the instance.
For BYOL, you typically order a combination of products and services including support entitlement. New s-series SKUs contain the VM base and service bundle entitlements for easier ordering. PAYG includes support, for which you must contact Fortinet Support with your customer information.
To purchase PAYG, all you need to do is launch the product on the Rackspace marketplace. However, you must contact Fortinet Support with your customer information to obtain support entitlement. See Creating a support account.
PAYG FortiGate instances do not support the use of VDOMs. If you plan to use VDOMs, deploy BYOL instances instead.
PAYG FortiGate instances do not support additional FortiGate features that require separate licenses. In such cases, deploy BYOL instances instead.
When using a FortiGate-VM PAYG instance, the GUI may display expiry dates for FortiGuard services. However, these expiries are automatically extended for as long as the PAYG instance's lifespan. You do not need to be concerned about the expiry of FortiGuard services.