Technology advances add to licensing headache
Server virtualisation, multicore processors and capacity on demand do not fit with traditional models of software licensing, and IT managers are facing growing complexity as suppliers struggle to find a solution…
Advances in technology are leading to a change in software licensing models. But as suppliers are forced to revisit their licences to offer more flexible deals, the task of IT directors in managing these arrangements is becoming more complex.
The technologies that are driving this change include server and desktop virtualisation, multicore processors, software as a service, utility or grid computing, and hardware capacity on demand.
Users can find themselves with multiple types of licences depending on which hardware or software they are using.
With no industry standard for licensing, companies end up paying different types of licences for the operating system, database and middleware components of their IT systems.