Software License Compliance and Control

Understanding what license rights the organization has purchased, how many instances of software are deployed on what type of devices and then reconciling the two is at the crux of minimizing overspending, maintaining compliance and ensuring the proper tools are in the hands of the right users.

Essentials of Software License Compliance

IT Asset Baseline

Without accurate, comprehensive and a routinely updated baseline inventory of software signatures and products, effective software license compliance is nearly impossible. To achieve maximum transparency this information must encompass hardware as well as software because of the numerous device dependent licensing models. But, it must not ignore the rapid emergence of SaaS. It is important that this baseline is also supported by an integrated normalization capability. Asset Vision provides the active, comprehensive and complete discovery and inventory capabilities needed to achieve SAM success.

Configuration Intelligence

For true software license compliance, it is not enough to make the baseline configuration of the IT estate more transparent. It must be capable within the tool to show the relationship between configuration and the deployment of software to ensure proper transparency. Understanding the interplay of licensing, virtualization, and clustering is essential if “lights on” IT costs are to be driven down and a true software license management picture is to emerge.

Being License Aware

Software license compliance must rely on intelligent discovery. With specific support for the licensing models of major publishers Asset Vision provides a comprehensive software license compliance solution that will detect those machines where the software configuration creates a liability. Further it will assess underlying hardware and virtualization configurations to enumerate the exact metric counts applicable to the assignment.

Asset Vision supports multiple metrics that include seat, Operating Systems (physical and virtual), Processor/Core, consumer or geographical. This includes license rules must being tightly integrated with license metrics to ensure accurate reporting all within a unified approach.

Being Cloud Aware

Organizations tend to use 91 cloud computing services on average; shadow IT usage is up 70% and 30 to 40% of cloud based applications are used on an unsanctioned basis within companies.

Software license management in the world of SaaS is less about being prepared for an audit, and more about ensuring and monitoring the consumption of the various license metrics of the SaaS applications in use. This must not be relegated to a third party or external tool, but be part of the single software license management solution. Scalable’s Asset Vision is uniquely qualified to monitor these metrics and provide this unified approach.

Usage Intelligence

Many organizations have numerous servers, holding expensive licenses, supporting non-existent workloads. Being able to identify by whom and how each of the components of business systems are used is essential in order to support decisions about decommissioning unnecessary hardware and software. Scalable’s Asset Vision Optimize delivers precise, activity-based software usage metering at the level of detail needed to answer the most pressing questions of what software should you keep, what software needs to be harvested and redeployed as well as are the appropriate products assigned to the right level of user.