How network software is purchased and licensed can make a big difference in the cost of a solution. Network software has traditionally been purchased pre-installed with licenses configured on network devices delivered at the customer location. Occasionally, software is purchased stand-alone and installed on the network devices using a license activation key. In either case, the network software lifecycle has been closely tied to – and often dependent on – the hardware upgrade cycle.
Network software licensing is becoming less transactional and more flexible in today’s business environment where information security and time to market is critical. This trend is accelerating as cloud and hybrid cloud software applications increasingly fulfill networking tasks.
New ways to purchase and deploy networks are available and we can help you make independent and informed decisions regarding the options available.
With this traditional network software buying model, perpetual or subscription licenses are purchased a-la-carte for a given network device or service. Licenses are often pre-installed and configured prior to product or service delivery.
New network software buying models are emerging that enable licenses to be drawn down from a pre-purchased quantity of entitlements and/or for those entitlements to be deployed flexibly across cloud and on-premise deployments. Unlike ELA, the delivery of licenses is typically still through the traditional transactional purchase and delivery process.
This well proven Enterprise Software buying model is gaining momentum in the Networking industry. One-time purchase of entitlements for software suites to be consumed over a specified term can yield significant operational and financial benefits.