ColdFusion licensing for Docker and other containers

March 19, 2019
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ColdFusion licensing for Docker and other containers

ColdFusion troubleshooter
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March 19, 2019

You may know that Adobe offers Docker images for CF and related CF services, for CF2018 and CF2016 currently. But have you wondered what the licensing is, to run such containers in production?

Using them for development is free, of course, per typical Developer edition licensing.

The licensing for production container deployment varies between Standard and Enterprise editions, as indicated in the FAQ pages for each edition.

For ColdFusion Enterprise, the licensing is as follows (from https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/enterprise/faq.html):

ColdFusion Enterprise Edition allows a maximum of eight containers to be used for every Enterprise license, provided the underlying instance is licensed as per the ColdFusion End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).

For ColdFusion Standard, the licensing is as follows (from https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/standard/faq.html):

With ColdFusion Standard Edition, every containerized deployment needs to be licensed as per the ColdFusion End User Licensing Agreement (EULA). For instance, if ColdFusion is being deployed on two containers on a single VM instance, then both containers running ColdFusion will have to be licensed separately as per the ColdFusion EULA based on that VM instance being used.

You can learn still more about using the CF docker containers here.

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2019-03-20 18:11:25
2019-03-20 18:11:25

Hi All,

Can anyone please clarify what is “ColdFusion Enterprise Edition allows a maximum of eight containers to be used for every Enterprise license”. We have three Non-Prod Environments and One Prod Environment. We have total of 4 Projects.

Thanks

Ram

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2019-03-27 03:27:17
2019-03-27 03:27:17
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Ram, what does a “project” mean here? Is it just another word for what you refer to as an “environment”, and is that just how you refer to a container?

Assuming so, then is your question really whether non-prod containers count against the limit? It would seem to depend on what you mean by “non-prod”. If you read the CF EULA, you will see it distinguishes things. With the Developer edition (no license), which I mentioned above is always free–and meant for non-prod use of course, that limits the number of concurrent requests that can run.

With the Standard or Enterprise license, there is then a distinction between use of that license for production versus use of that license for test/qa/staging and development (with no limit on concurrent requests).

It would seem that those same distinctions apply to this discussion on containers. That said, I do not work for Adobe and am not a lawyer, so do not consider this legal advice, just an educated opinion.

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2019-03-19 16:18:39
2019-03-19 16:18:39

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2019-03-19 16:12:57
2019-03-19 16:12:57

Please remove the closing brackets from https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/standard/faq.html)

Link is generating a 404.

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2019-03-19 16:21:45
2019-03-19 16:21:45
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Thanks for that observation. This is a problem with the portal’s wysiwyg editor. And I want to fix that bad link, but note that the post will be taken offline until the change is “moderated” by Adobe.

Let me coordinate with someone there to make sure they can approve it as soon as I change it. (With newer posts, I usually wait a few days before making any changes, because of this quirky behavior. But I agree in this case it’s important to correct, since the link would fail.) Again, thanks.

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2019-03-19 16:31:04
2019-03-19 16:31:04
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Charlie Arehart
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I got that change in, and the post was released from moderation. Again, thanks gobiem.

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