Feeds

On the licensing chain gang

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

I've installed some software today. All perfectly legal and paid for, and registered online.

So that's another DVD case I'd better not lose, because it has my serial number on it in case I ever need to reinstall.

But it's all a bit like the supermarkets getting people to pack and deliver their own groceries. Why should my CPU cycles be used to maintain what should be the vendor's licence database, and on my hard disk too?

If I was a big company, I'd resent having to manage licenses, buy license management systems, allocate staff to maintain my licensing systems.

There are lots of reasons for paying for legal copies of software, starting with straightforward business ethics (if you accept the use of illegal software you send dysfunctional messages to your staff - that dishonesty is OK if you don't get caught - and you may reap the consequences).

However, in return for being nice enough to buy my software from a vendor rather thann supporting Open Source or free software models, surely I should expect the vwndor to meet me half way? To remember my serial number for me and ship out replacement CDs (after a fire, say) on request? To supply me with free license management software and free consultancy to help with installing and running it?

So, how many vendors are that nice, I wonder? I used to like the old site license and (more recently) Sun's idea of giving you all its software in return for a simple fee calculated from your employee headcount. It's not buying software that is expensive, it's managing it - and managing licenses just adds to the burden...

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.