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FortiGate-VM models and licensing

FortiGate-VM offers perpetual licensing (normal series and V-series) and annual subscription licensing (S-series, available starting Q4 2019). FortiOS 6.2.3 and later versions support the S-series licensing. The differences are as follows:

 

Normal series

V-series

S-series

Licensing term

VM base is perpetual. You must separately contract support services on an annual basis.

Single annually contracted SKU that contains VM base and a FortiCare service bundle.

Support services

Each VM base type is associated with over a dozen SKUs. See the pricelist for details.

Four support service bundle types:

  • Only FortiCare
  • UTM
  • Enterprise
  • 360 protection

License level

SKUs are based on the number of virtual CPUs (vcPU) (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or unlimited). The RAM/memory restriction no longer applies for FortiOS 6.2.2 and later versions. FortiOS 6.2.1 and earlier versions have RAM/memory restrictions.

vCPU number upgrade during contracted term

Not supported.

Supported. You can also upgrade the support service bundle. For details about upgrading, contact a Fortinet sales correspondent.

vCPU number downgrade during contracted term

Not supported.

Virtual domain (VDOM) support

By default, each CPU level supports up to a certain number of VDOMs.

See the FortiGate-VM datasheet for the default limits.

By default, all CPU levels do not support adding VDOMs.

After you submit an order for a FortiGate-VM, Fortinet sends a license registration code to the email address that you entered on the order form. Use this code to register the FortiGate-VM with Customer Service & Support, and then download the license file. After you upload the license to the FortiGate-VM and validate it, your FortiGate-VM is fully functional.

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FortiGate-VM models and licensing

FortiGate-VM offers perpetual licensing (normal series and V-series) and annual subscription licensing (S-series, available starting Q4 2019). FortiOS 6.2.3 and later versions support the S-series licensing. The differences are as follows:

 

Normal series

V-series

S-series

Licensing term

VM base is perpetual. You must separately contract support services on an annual basis.

Single annually contracted SKU that contains VM base and a FortiCare service bundle.

Support services

Each VM base type is associated with over a dozen SKUs. See the pricelist for details.

Four support service bundle types:

  • Only FortiCare
  • UTM
  • Enterprise
  • 360 protection

License level

SKUs are based on the number of virtual CPUs (vcPU) (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, or unlimited). The RAM/memory restriction no longer applies for FortiOS 6.2.2 and later versions. FortiOS 6.2.1 and earlier versions have RAM/memory restrictions.

vCPU number upgrade during contracted term

Not supported.

Supported. You can also upgrade the support service bundle. For details about upgrading, contact a Fortinet sales correspondent.

vCPU number downgrade during contracted term

Not supported.

Virtual domain (VDOM) support

By default, each CPU level supports up to a certain number of VDOMs.

See the FortiGate-VM datasheet for the default limits.

By default, all CPU levels do not support adding VDOMs.

After you submit an order for a FortiGate-VM, Fortinet sends a license registration code to the email address that you entered on the order form. Use this code to register the FortiGate-VM with Customer Service & Support, and then download the license file. After you upload the license to the FortiGate-VM and validate it, your FortiGate-VM is fully functional.