Portworx Essentials

Portworx Essentials is a free Portworx license with limited functionality that allows you to run small production or proof-of-concept workloads. Essentials limits capacity and advanced features, but otherwise functions the same way as the fully-featured Portworx Enterprise version of Portworx.

The Portworx Essentials license requires that your clusters be connected to the internet and send usage data to PX-Central. Portworx Essentials clusters connect with PX-Central once per hour to renew license leases. Lease periods last for 24 hours, ensuring that any temporary interruptions to your connectivity do not impact your cluster.

To get started with Portworx Essentials , sign up and generate a spec on PX-Central. Licenses for Essentials are generated automatically and activate when your cluster connects to PX-Central.

Portworx Essentials available features and limitations

The following tables list what features Portworx Essentials supports and any limitations it may have:

Portworx Essentials

Feature Support
Maximum Portworx Essentials licenses per user 1
Maximum clusters per Portworx Essentials license 1
Maximum nodes per cluster 5
Host type supported VMs and bare metal servers
Max containers mounting volumes per host 30
Host storage capacity limits 1TB per host
Cluster storage capacity limits 5TB per cluster
Support (includes updates, upgrades) Online Support
Telemetry requirement (install/operate) Users must have telemetry enabled in order to use Portworx Essentials .
Licensing Users must have a Portworx Essentials license (available for free at PX-Central)


Feature Support
Container-optimized volumes with elastic scaling (no application downtime) Supported
Maximum number of volumes per cluster 500
Maximum volume size 1TB
Storage performance tiers (high, medium, low) Supported
Application-aware I/O tuning Supported
Read/Write many across multiple containers Supported
Failover across nodes, racks, and availability zones Supported
Form storage pools from aggregated volumes across hosts Supported
Synchronous Replication Supported
Volume Consistency Groups Supported

Data Management

Feature Support
PX-Migrate: Migrate volumes and Kubernetes applications across clusters. Not supported
Snapshots of stateful applications Limited to 5 snapshots per volume
Cloudsnap backups to cloud storage Limited to 1 cloudsnap per day per volume
Auto-scaling groups (ASG) with support for AWS, GCP, Azure. Supported


Feature Support
Cluster management UI Single user, single cluster
Proactive centralized monitoring Supported
Cluster management CLI Supported
PX-Central on-premises with license server Not Supported

Advanced Functionality

Feature Support
Security and identity integrated with Kubernetes namespace and OIDC providers Not Supported
Encryption with bring-your-own-encryption Limited to cluster-wide encryption
Disaster Recovery for campus and WAN deployments Not supported
Capacity Management with Autopilot Not supported


Feature Support
Scheduler integration: Kubernetes, Mesos, Docker Swarm, Hashicorp Nomad, Openshift Supported
Integration with Managed K8S services: EKS, AKS, GKE, PKS, IKS, RKE Supported

Get started with Portworx Essentials now:

Find answers to common questions on the Portworx Essentials FAQ:

Last edited: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021