Negotiating software virtualisation licences

Many software vendors are now embracing licencing metrics that incorporate the requirements of a virtual environment. Oracle, Microsoft and IBM are just three of the many vendors who have accepted that they have to move away from tying their software licences to physical devices or processors. Licencing software in a virtual environment based on processors can add up fast so it’s a good idea to look at negotiating software licences based on named users.  Data volume is going up fast for many organisations which in turn requires more processors, even though the number of actual users may stay the same or actually be decreasing. And one other point; Silver Bullet Associates is aware that some suppliers support contracts are not written to incorporate virtual licences and could cause a cost problem when the supplier insists the client revert the support contract from virtual to physical licenses before addressing the original issue.

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