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Pricing for BonFire Software and Services

BonFire SAN software gives you all the tools you need to build either a super-fast but extremely-low-cost all-Flash storage appliance, or petabyte scale ZFS storage, or both.  Pricing for BonFire is extremely affordable.  A retail pricelist for BonFire software and support is shown below, together with an explanation of how to use it.

BonFire SAN software
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices
Product Option Per
BonFire SAN Software incl HA 1,000 30 180
RDMA HA Option 2,000 -- --
Encryption at rest 1,000 -- --
BonFire-10 software
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices
(Coming soon.)
BonFire-10 SAN Software incl HA 750 30 100
BonFire-10 is a reduced cost version of BonFire with reduced (but still extremely fast) performance.  BonFire-10 contains device drivers for only 1gigE and 10gigE networking.  It does not support Fiber Channel, RDMA or Infiniband. There is no restriction on the number of network ports or cards which can be used.

BonFire SAN annual support fees and options
Basic Support for BonFire SAN software 250 6 36
Premium Support for BonFire SAN software 450 6 36
7x24 Support for BonFire SAN software 1,725 6 36
Direct Connect 7x24 Support for BonFire SAN software 5,725 6 36
Support for active/active or active/passive HA 400 -- --
Support for Encryption at rest 200 -- --

How to size and price a BonFire system.  BonFire software is priced based upon a fixed fee per system together with a licensing charge per usable terabyte of ESS or ZFS storage.  In the case of both ESS and ZFS, usable space is a function of the drive count and size less any hot spare or parity RAID drives, and further less a percertage of free space inaccessible by users.  For both ESS and ZFS, we recommend a mandatory freespace level of 10%.  This can be expressed in the formula:

          size = ( dc - ( hs + pd ) ) * st * 0.9            where:

                    dc = the SSD or HDD gross drive count
                    hs = is the count of hot sware drives
                    pd = is the count of parity drives
                    st  = is the decimal terabyte size of each drive

To determine usable terabytes, take the gross count of drives (or SSDs) (gross). Then deduct all the mirror or parity drives (raid), as well as any hot spares (spares). Multiply what is left by the decimal terabytes per drive (tbsize). Then deduct 10% as unbilled mandatory free space. Finally, round the result up to the next whole decimal terabyte.

As an example, a 24 SSD set of 1 terabyte SSDs, configured RAID-6 with one hot spare would require a license as shown:

     size  = ( 24 - ( 1 + 2 ) ) * 1 * 0.9
     size  = 21 * 1 * 0.9
     size  = 18.9
     size  = 19tb when rounded up to the next whole decimal terabyte

This calculation can then be applied to the per ZFS hard disk terabyte or ESS solid state disk terabyte as appropriate.  To this, you will have to add the charges for the appropriate HA and encryption services as desired, as well as an appropriate annual support program.

Those seeking more speed from hard disks can use ZFS /x1 and /x2.  In this case, the usable space  will be half or less of the gross space.  RAID-0 and RAID-10 can also be used with ESS.  RAID-10 is generally not desirable as it reduces the effective write  speed.  RAID-0 may be desirable in selected situations.

Annual support options:  There are four classes of annual support.  Calculating the cost of each relies in part on the terabyte fees mentioned above:

1.    Basic support provides support within eight business-day hours of your ticket submission: this time tomorrow, if today and tomorrow are both business days.

2.    Premium support provides responses within 4 hours of a reported problem, subject to business day limitations.  Thus, a reported problem this morning will get you a response in the afternoon, but a problem reported this afternoon may not be answered until tomorrow.

3.    7x24 support provides responses within 4 hours of a reported problem even when a problem occurs overnight or on a weekend.

4.    Direct Connect 7x24 gives you a direct connect and phone number to a named individual support person.  Direct connect support begins almost immediately with someone familiar rather than waiting for the ticket system.

Support for encryption and HA, if relevent, will have to be added to the costs.

Resellers, distributors, integrators, and OEMs welcome. WildFire prefers to sell through resellers, and offers significant trade as well as volume discounts to resellers of our products. Private branding is available at no additional cost.  If the reseller takes first call, programs are available to provide the reseller with second and third tier support.

Demonstration software: BonFire can be demoed for up to 90 days. Demo licenses can be converted into permanent licenses.

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