SafeNet Announces a Revolution in Software Licensing Solutions for Virtualized Environments
Sentinel Cloud Enforces License Compliance without Restricting Deployment Environments; Frees Users from Node-locked Software Tied to Specific Hardware
January 28, 2014
a global leader in software monetization, today announced the first and only
cloud-based solution for license management in virtual environments. Sentinel®
award-winning software licensing and entitlement management service, now eliminates the need for
node-locking, decoupling software licenses from physical hardware and reducing
monetization risks for vendors provisioning software and enforcing license
compliance in virtualized environments.
virtualization helps enterprises to reduce costs, it also poses a challenge for
software providers who have traditionally relied on the ability to bind
licenses to physical machines in order to control access to their software,”
said Shlomo Weiss, general manager, software monetization, SafeNet. “Software providers are in need of new tools
to track, control, and manage the use of their applications when deployed in
issue when deploying software in virtual environments is that it is very
possible to maliciously or unintentionally duplicate license rights when
spinning up new instances, or to move a license from one instance to another
freely. By utilizing SafeNet’s Sentinel Cloud, software providers can rest
assured that users cannot virtualize the licensing system and over use beyond
what was purchased. Sentinel Cloud licenses a user, not a physical
machine, which promises legitimate use of licenses in virtual environments.
ISVs have full control on how many licenses are running, and have complete
visibility into the usage of their software, which can be used for billing
purposes or business intelligence. In addition, Sentinel Cloud enables ISVs to
automate the process of provisioning, applying updates, and renewing licenses.
Sentinel Cloud enhances the end-user experience by allowing
access to licensed applications via any device – including smartphones,
tablets, and desktop computers – without needing to generate new licenses for
usage on multiple machines. This usage-based license model ensures end users
only pay for actual usage of features that are relevant to them, while also
providing user insight to the ISV, helping them improve their future offerings.
The benefits of Sentinel Cloud’s
cloud-based licensing for virtualized environments include:
Software vendors have much greater assurance
that use of their software is legitimate.
User-centric licensing eliminates the
dependency on specific end-user devices or virtual setups.
ISVs have full control over how many licenses
are running, allowing usage on parallel instances of VMs and enabling
“pay-as-you-grow” usage-based licensing.
Remote control functionality simplifies
license provisioning, updates, and renewals/cancellations, which can be done
quickly on the fly.
Advanced usage data collection provides ISVs
with valuable insight into how customers are using their software in order to
develop software that better meets users’ needs.
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Cloud provides strong licensing
enforcement to stop revenue loss without inconveniencing end users for both
cloud-based and on-premises applications. Its cloud-connected licensing ties
licenses to individual users instead of the physical hardware of a machine by managing
the license outside of the end-user network. This ensures that licenses cannot
be duplicated or used without the software vendor’s knowledge. Sentinel Cloud
also gives software vendors full control over how many licenses are running –
stand-alone and in parallel – in order to accurately bill customers for the
software they use.