Platform Virtualization and Software Licensing: Best Practices for Software Vendors

There are many related, yet different, definitions for virtualization floating around the Internet. If examined more closely, we discover that most of them focus on a set of processes and approaches designed to make data centers more efficient. Virtualization has existed for many years in the areas of testing and development; however, in today’s economic environment, it is becoming more and more prevalent as a way for IT to reduce costs and operate more efficiently.

Platform virtualization, however, can be a concern for end user organizations striving for software license compliance, as well as for independent software vendors (ISVs) who want to enforce license compliance and assure revenue without constraining customer deployment.

This paper examines:
  • Virtualization, its advantages, and why it is such a hot topic in the world of software licensing;
  • The options available to ISVs and presents best practices for handling software licensing in virtual environments.

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