Solutions for Intelligent Device Manufacturers Moving to Virtual Appliances

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Helping Intelligent Device Manufacturers Create Virtual Appliances with the
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Solutions for Intelligent Device Manufacturers Moving to Virtual Appliances

  1. 1. DATASHEET Benefits to Intelligent Device Manufacturers • Protect and monetize intellectual property • Automate capacity and capability provisioning and de-provisioning • Enable field-upgrade of capacity and capabilities • Report deployment of virtual appliances to facilitate comparison of capacity and capabilities owned versus deployed by an end customer • Improve revenues by gaining clear visibility into channel partner performance and enabling self-service Solutions for Intelligent Device Manufacturers Moving to Virtual Appliances Helping Intelligent Device Manufacturers Create Virtual Appliances with the Right Software Monetization Solution The Transformation of the Intelligent Device Manufacturing Industry More and more intelligent device manufacturers are moving to embedded software and software add-ons to differentiate and increase the value of their hardware. As margins for high- tech equipment continues to erode, many are increasingly looking for ways to increase device capacity and capability without having to manufacture more hardware. Intelligent device manufacturers face growing pressures to do more with less. Customers simultaneously expect ever-increasing functionality delivered in a lower cost product that consumes less power, space and administrative costs, and they expect to pay for only the capabilities they need when they need them. Faced with these challenges, leading-edge intelligent device manufacturers are adopting strategies to separate the hardware from the capability and capacity, and offer virtual appliances to stay competitive. These strategies help intelligent device manufacturers to: • Allow customers to use commercial off the shelf hardware making device capabilities available as pure software • Enable cross-/up-sell revenues by delivering capabilities as software add-ons or on a trial basis • Allow service providers to dial up/down capacity on-demand without deploying hardware, eliminating unused hardware • Consolidate many capabilities into a single device “Device as a service” Virtual Appliances Are Changing Intelligent Device Manufacturing Virtual appliances are pre-built software solutions, comprised of one or more virtual machines that are packaged, updated and maintained as a unit. Unlike a traditional hardware appliance, these software appliances let customers easily acquire, deploy and manage pre-integrated solution stacks that can be deployed behind the firewall in a private or public cloud. This speeds up time- to-value and simplifies software development, distribution and management. Virtual appliances enable intelligent device manufacturers to expand, reach and enter new markets, provide customers with more scalable solutions, decrease time to market and reduce the expenses of procuring and shipping hardware. Software Monetization Solutions for Building Virtual Appliances To develop a virtual appliance and realize the benefits they provide, intelligent device manufacturers need to deploy the right embedded software licensing and entitlement management solution to support virtual appliances. Flexera Software’s FlexNet® Producer Suite for Intelligent Device Manufacturers, a proven software monetization solution used by thousands of customers, provides both the software licensing and back-office entitlement management capabilities intelligent device manufacturers need to successfully create and deploy virtual appliances. FlexNet Licensing – Flexible Software Licensing for Virtual Appliances • Protect and monetize your intellectual property deployed on virtual appliances • Automate capacity and capability provisioning and de-provisioning • Enable field-upgrade of capacity and capabilities for virtual appliances • Report deployment of virtual appliances to your entitlement management system “Virtual appliances, paired with market- leading protection from Flexera Software, help ensure that we’re meeting the needs of our customers while accelerating our ability to showcase the capabilities of our solution in evaluations and proof-of-concept deployments.” Michael Maloof, CTO – TriGeo Network Security
  2. 2. Licensing FlexNet® Licensing empowers application producers to combat software piracy and increase revenues by easily enabling new pricing, packaging and software licensing models. It supports the full software licensing spectrum, from strict enforcement to usage-based trust but verify and enables software protection, monetization and compliance of on-premises, SaaS, cloud, virtualized and embedded applications. FlexNet Licensing is based on market leading FlexNet® Publisher and FlexNet® Embedded, used by over 3,000 application producers in over 20,000 applications. FlexNet Usage Capture allows intelligent device manufacturers to support usage-based trust-but-verify software licensing and compliance models, capture any type of usage in mostly free-form format and enable support for the full software licensing spectrum. Available with FlexNet Embedded only. FlexNet Cloud Licensing Service simplifies the enterprise experience by enabling software license enforcement and usage-based licensing for both on-premises and cloud-based applications in a managed environment hosted by Flexera Software. Available with FlexNet Embedded only. Entitlement Management FlexNet Operations gives intelligent device manufacturers the power to manage software licenses and entitlements easily and efficiently. It automates the generation, fulfillment and activation of devices, software and entitlements to provide a consistent experience. It offers a holistic, 24x7, self-service Web portal for manufacturers, customers and channel partners. AvailableCloud or On-Premises. FlexNet License Lifecycle Management Enables intelligent devices manufacturers to cut operational costs by automating the generation, fulfillment and activation of software licenses and entitlements. Available with FlexNet Operations Cloud or On-Premises. FlexNet Advanced Organization Management Gives intelligent device manufacturers the ability to manage and track software entitlements across the entire organization and channel partners. Available with FlexNet Operations On-Premises only. FlexNet Usage Management gives intelligent device manufacturers the ability and flexibility to support usage-based trust-but-verify software licensing and compliance models, provide visibility into actual usage, support compliance initiatives and export usage data. Available with FlexNet Operations Cloud only. Electronic Software Delivery FlexNet Electronic Software Delivery gives intelligent device manufacturers the power to electronically deliver software to their customers devices. Available with FlexNet Operations Cloud only. Software/Firmware Updating FlexNet Connect keeps costs down by connecting manufacturers to users. It electronically delivers applications, updates and messages directly to devices while at the same time providing deep customer insight into the install base. Available Cloud or On-Premises. FlexNet Enterprise Update Management enables enterprise IT administrators to control update distribution to business units and locations. FlexNet Instrumentation Management provides direct access and insight to anonymized data to proactively resolve customer issues.
  3. 3. Flexera Software LLC (Global Headquarters): +1 800-809-5659 United Kingdom (Europe, Middle East Headquarters): +44 870-871-1111 +44 870-873-6300 Australia (Asia, Pacific Headquarters): +61 3-9895-2000 For more office locations visit: www.flexerasoftware.com Copyright © 2015 Flexera Software LLC. All other brand and product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners. FPS_DS_IDM_Jan15 FlexNet Operations – Powerful Entitlement Management for Virtual Appliances • Automate virtual appliance capacity and capability provisioning and de-provisioning • Automate cross-/up-selling of virtual appliance capabilities • Compare virtual appliance capacity and capabilities owned versus deployed by an end customer About Flexera Software Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and the value they derive from their software. Our next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimized software investments and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. Over 80,000 customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source for the knowledge and expertise we have gained as the marketplace leader for over 25 years and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com

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