Where Do Transferable License Systems Come From?This year, NetApp customers will lease more than $1 Billion in new hardware and software. While there are many reasons customers lease equipment, one of the primary reasons is to reduce the cost of the equipment over their contracted period of use (the length of the lease). To be able to offer reduced prices, the leasing companies must compute a residual (remaining) value for the equipment at the end of the lease that they can subtract from the purchase price when they compute the monthly payments. To retain more than parts value, NetApp provides the leasing companies with the right to transfer the licenses one time to a new customer. This way the systems can be sold as fully functional systems with legal access to NetApp software.
Which Licenses Come With The Systems?NetApp determines which licenses will transfer for a particular head unit serial number. Some of this is dependent on the location of the filer. For example, almost all filers come with NFS, CIFS, iSCSI, and/or Cluster licenses. Further, filers that were sold in Europe often have SnapMirror or Nearstore/ASIS transferable, whereas units sold in the US aren’t likely to have those protocols transfer.
If the license you are looking for is not included with the system you are interested in, we can obtain a quote from NetApp for that license at the time of transfer.