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This article is part of the August 2010, Vol. 25 issue of Software licensing in a virtual environment
Perhaps the most challenging concept in the IT industry is software licensing. Unlike physical resources such as servers, storage, network hardware and user endpoints, software is intellectual property. Although you buy the discs and manuals inside the shrink-wrapped box, an organization doesn’t actually own the software. They’re merely purchasing a limited agreement -- a software license -- to install and use that software. More on virtualization licensing Software license agreements aren't made to be broken Virtualization technology licensing: Everything you need to know Software and licensing requirements for vCloud Director VMware users debate per-VM licensing VMware adopts per-VM licensing, pricing Per-processor licensing model cuts virtualization costs A software license bestows limited rights to use the software, but it also imposes restrictions and threatens serious penalties when license violations occur. The explosive growth of virtual data centers has further complicated the concepts, construction and management of software licensing. It’s ... Access >>>
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Software licensing challenges: How virtualization obscures CPU usage
by Stephen J. Bigelow, Senior Technology Editor
When it comes to software licensing, virtualization changes the game. It’s more difficult to pinpoint processors and ensure that you purchase the right number of software licenses.
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