Upgrading and Your License

If you are upgrading from MapR version 5.0 or earlier, the Base License file must be manually updated on all nodes in your cluster.

Important: As of MapR version 5.1, because of the new license categories, you must manually update the Base License file. This applies to all upgrade methods (MapR Installer, MapR Installer Stanzas, or manual rolling upgrade).

To update the Base License file, copy the new Base License file from the /opt/mapr/conf.new/ directory to the /opt/mapr/conf/ directory on every node in your cluster.

cp /opt/mapr/conf.new/BaseLicense.txt /opt/mapr/conf/
Note: The BaseLicense.txt file must be copied before starting Warden; otherwise, Warden must be restarted.

MapR Event Store For Apache Kafka Module

If you are upgrading from the Enterprise Database Edition (M7) to the Enterprise Edition and want to use the MapR Event Store For Apache Kafka module, you must purchase additional licensing. In this case, you will be issued a new license to apply. See Managing Licenses for more information.

License Editions

As of MapR 5.1, MapR licenses are categorized by new editions and modules that further define the features supported by an edition. See the following table for descriptions of the new license options:

License Edition Description
Community Edition An unlimited, free, community-supported MapR edition with one free NFS Gateway. This edition includes Hadoop, MapR Database, and MapR Event Store For Apache Kafka. However, real-time global replication of MapR Database tables or MapR Event Store For Apache Kafka is not included.
Enterprise Edition MapR Edition that enables enterprise class features such as high availability, multi-tenancy, and disaster recovery. Each of the following modules for the Enterprise Edition unlocks a portion of the total platform capabilities:
Enables enterprise class features for analytic use cases, such as highly-available NFS and support for services such as YARN and MapReduce.
Enables enterprise class features for operational NoSQL database, with MapR Database JSON and binary tables, and real-time global database replication.
Enables enterprise class features for publish/subscribe event streaming, with MapR Event Store For Apache Kafka and real-time global stream replication.

For more information, see What's Included.

License Mapping

With the release of 5.1 and MapR Event Store For Apache Kafka, the licensing model has been simplified, allowing more choice in which specific features are licensed on a cluster. See the following table to understand how the new MapR licenses correspond to the legacy license editions that you are familiar with:

Legacy Edition New Edition & Module(s)
M3 or Community Edition Community Edition. Starting in 5.1, the Community Edition includes MapR Event Store For Apache Kafka.
M5 or Enterprise Edition Enterprise Edition with Hadoop Module.
M7 or Enterprise Database Edition Enterprise Edition with Hadoop and Database modules.

MapR Metering Feature

Beginning with the MapR 6.1 release, MapR software supports metering. Annual subscriptions will continue to be offered, but metering gives you the option of purchasing a variable consumption plan that is based on usage.

For more information, see MapR Software Licensing.

MapR POSIX Licenses

Beginning with MapR 6.0.1, customers who purchase MapR XD Distributed File and Object Store Enterprise Premier automatically receive the following licenses for free:
  • MapR FUSE POSIX Basic Client
  • MapR POSIX Client for Containerized Apps (required for MapR PACC and DSR functionality)

For more information, see the MapR Editions web page.