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I have worked with customers who have only had a requirement for the security use case for specific projects such as securing virtual desktop environments and others who have deployed the entire SDDC stack for a developer cloud environment with security and disaster recovery. Previously NSX was only available in a single edition which provided all functionality irrespective of the customer utilising or requiring that functionality.
As of the 3rd May 2016 NSX is now available in three editions that align the functionality to the primary use cases that are mentioned above. The following image depicts the new editions available and what functionality they provide:
I feel this is a tremendous step forward as the majority of objections that I receive from customers is around cost of the full license when their only requirement is security. NSX also requires the vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) which only comes as part of Enterprise Plus licensing. If you are running vSphere 5.5 U3 or vSphere 6.0 onwards then the the vDS license comes with NSX so there is no longer a requirement for Enterprise Plus licensing from an NSX perspective. This KB article explains the licensing requirements for NSX.
For existing customer who have already purchased NSX you will automatically be upgraded to the Enterprise edition which unlocks all functionality.
For more info visit http://www.vmware.com/products/nsx/compare.html