Redshift is licensed per-machine with no limit on the number of GPUs*. No distinction is made between workstations and render nodes; 1 license is good for 1 machine.
The Maya, 3ds Max and Softimage plugins, as well as the Houdini alpha plugin (and any future plugins) are included free with all Redshift licenses, so you can use either or both at no extra charge.
Permanent licenses are available as rehostable node-locked or floating licenses. More information on these license types is available below.
*Each instance of Redshift can currently use up to 8 GPUs concurrently. To take advantage of more than 8 GPUs on a single machine, you can launch multiple instances of Redshift each rendering a different job on a different subset of available GPUs.
What is a permanent license?
A permanent Redshift license never expires. It allows you to run any version of Redshift released before the end of your active maintenance period (explained below under 'What is maintenance').
What does Node-Locked mean?
Node-locked licenses are tied to a specific machine but are rehostable, that is they can be transferred from 1 machine to another using the Redshift licensing tool. Transferring a license requires a working internet connection on both the source and target of the transfer at the time of the license transfer. Node-locked licenses may be purchased directly from the Redshift website for immediate use. We accept most major credit cards.
What is a floating license?
Floating licenses are dynamically allocated on demand from a pool of licenses managed by a license server running on your network to individual machines running Redshift. The number of floating licenses you have defines the number machines that can use Redshift concurrently. Floating licenses are available by contacting sales. There is a 5 license minimum for floating licenses. Customers with existing Redshift floating licenses can add additional floating licenses with no minimum purchase.
How do I get hold of an education license?
Educational licenses are only available to institutions for training and instruction purposes. The use of educational licenses for any other purpose including any form of commercial work is strictly forbidden. At the moment we do not sell individual licenses to students. Please contact sales for additional information including pricing and eligibility requirements.
What is maintenance?
All new permanent license purchases include 1 year of maintenance & support. Each license has an associated "maintenance expiration date" which, for newly purchased licenses, is initially 1 year after the date of purchase. Your maintenance is considered to be "current" if the expiration date is in the future. Since Redshift licenses are permanent, the license itself does not expire. However, the maintenance expiration date defines the latest version of Redshift for which your license will be valid. For example, if you buy a license today, it will work for any version of Redshift released on or before this day next year. In other words, your license is good for any version of Redshift released while your maintenance is current.
You can extend your maintenance expiration date by purchasing a maintenance extension. Pricing for a 1-year maintenance extension is $250 for node-locked licenses and $300 for floating licenses. Maintenance extensions are always applied based on your maintenance expiration date. Purchasing a maintenance extension before or after your maintenance expires does not alter this date. For example, if your maintenance expires April 10 2015 and you purchase a maintenance extension on May 15 2015, your new maintenance expiration will be April 10 2016.
Priority support is also included while your maintenance is current. Priority support means that your bugs and requests will be addressed before those from customers who do not have priority support.