- Google Cloud provides the flexibility for bringing existing licenses.
- Bringing existing licenses requires users to bring their own media and to run that media on hardware configurations, such as sole-tenant nodes, that are compliant with the licenses.
- Before attempting to bring images with existing licenses to Google Cloud, review the licensing terms and conditions.
- Google Cloud provides tools to help manage compliance requirements related to licenses:
- Importing images
- Managing VMs on dedicated hardware (sole-tenant nodes)
- Minimizing physical core usage
- Tracking usage of physical cores for reporting purposes
- Users can bring images with existing licenses in any region that supports sole-tenant nodes.
- Although there is no additional charge for bringing images with existing licenses, users must still pay for licenses according to the license agreements.
- Sole-tenant nodes are physical servers dedicated to hosting VMs.
- Sole-tenant nodes can be configured to support workload requirements such as minimizing the number of physical servers and cores.
- Consult licensing agreements to determine which configuration options are most suitable for the workloads.
- There are other licensing scenarios that do not require sole-tenant nodes, for example, licenses related to Microsoft applications.