Client-Side Caching Improves Licensing Performance

Cloud Computing Highlights the Need for Client-Side Caching An increasing number of software vendors are hosting license servers in the Cloud for their end customers. The longer physical distance between client and the license server introduces more network latency.  License checkout times may be slower over these longer distances compared with those over a local area network. Applications …

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Token-Based Licenses, part 2

Advanced Use of Token-Based Licenses Last time, we discussed how to license all your products as a function of a single base license, by using a Token-Based License.  Today, we will talk about the other 2 uses of token-based licenses: create product bundles or packages (much like Package licenses), or let a user consume a more-expensive alternative license …

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Token-Based Licenses

Using Token-Based Licenses to Increase Licensing Flexibility Once you have mastered the basic license models that all license managers provide, it might be time to take a look at some of the more advanced models.  Token-Based Licenses provide advanced license options that aren’t available any other way. In prior lives, we invented “Package” licenses, but …

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The Floating License

The Floating License – The most common license model Last time we discussed the nodelocked and nodelocked counted licenses, which are license grants that allows your software to be used on a particular computer, and on that computer only.  A far more common license is the floating license.  The floating license is what made license managers famous, and it is supported by all …

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Software Trials without the Internet

Creating Software Trials without the Internet Most software vendors offer trial copies of their software to potential customers for short-term evaluations.  The trial may run in full or reduced-functionality mode, but only for a short time, 30 days or so.  Sometimes, they want to create software trials without the Internet being available. Ideally, the evaluation/trial starts when …

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Licensing vs. Activation

Licensing vs. Activation When software companies investigate licensing solutions, they sometimes get confused by terms such as “licensing” and “activation.” To be clear, “licensing” and “activation” have very specific meanings, although they are sometime used interchangeably. The two concepts are very different. Let’s define “licensing” first. Licensing = Authorization Licensing is the process of checking whether a software application or …

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