Virtualization   The Licensing Lottery Dale Vile Freeform Dynamics Ltd [email_address] www.freeformdynamics.com
Topics <ul><li>Evolution of licensing models </li></ul><ul><li>Virtualization related considerations </li></ul><ul><li>A s...
Roots of modern licensing planted firmly in the past Data App Interface Data App Interface Data App Interface Data App Int...
Traditional licensing options Maintenance included? Support included? Use by third-parties? Per server  Per cpu Per core P...
More choice, or confusion? Maintenance included? Support included? Use by third-parties? Per server  Per cpu Per core Per ...
Context for discussion <ul><li>Software licensing models should ideally reinforce these benefits </li></ul>TWO KEY VIRTUAL...
Are you happy with existing licensing models as applied to virtual systems?  Source Freeform Dynamics and The Register, Oc...
Are you happy with existing licensing models as applied to virtual systems?  Source Freeform Dynamics and The Register, Oc...
Are you happy with existing licensing models as applied to virtual systems?  Source Freeform Dynamics and The Register, Oc...
Are you happy with existing licensing models as applied to virtual systems?  Source Freeform Dynamics and The Register, Oc...
Some common scenarios PHYSICAL SERVER Replicated single platform stack Hypervisor Operating System Operating System App Se...
Some common scenarios PHYSICAL SERVER PHYSICAL SERVER Replicated single platform stack Replicated OS with mixed AS/DBMS Hy...
Some common scenarios PHYSICAL SERVER PHYSICAL SERVER PHYSICAL SERVER Replicated single platform stack Replicated OS with ...
Dynamic virtualization CHANGING DEMAND
Scenario & licensing matrix * Licensing models and tools to implement these approaches are currently rare or not available...
Other considerations <ul><li>Cost of virtualization software itself </li></ul><ul><li>Application container approach </li>...
Final thoughts <ul><li>Licensing models yet to mature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Confusion and inconsistency in meantime </li><...
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Evolution of licensing models
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Virtualization Licensing Lottery

  1. 1. Virtualization The Licensing Lottery Dale Vile Freeform Dynamics Ltd [email_address] www.freeformdynamics.com
  2. 2. Topics <ul><li>Evolution of licensing models </li></ul><ul><li>Virtualization related considerations </li></ul><ul><li>A scenario based analysis of options </li></ul><ul><li>Other licensing considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Top line recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Comments and questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Roots of modern licensing planted firmly in the past Data App Interface Data App Interface Data App Interface Data App Interface Data App Interface
  4. 4. Traditional licensing options Maintenance included? Support included? Use by third-parties? Per server Per cpu Per core Per named user Per concurrent user By number of employees Enterprise license Open source
  5. 5. More choice, or confusion? Maintenance included? Support included? Use by third-parties? Per server Per cpu Per core Per named user Per concurrent user By number of employees Enterprise license Open source Per instance Per virtual cpu By allocated resource
  6. 6. Context for discussion <ul><li>Software licensing models should ideally reinforce these benefits </li></ul>TWO KEY VIRTUALIZATION BENEFITS Increased HW utilization Rapid & easy provisioning Reduced costs Enhanced flexibility
  7. 7. Are you happy with existing licensing models as applied to virtual systems? Source Freeform Dynamics and The Register, Oct 2007 Percentages relate to respondents offering an opinion Operating systems
  8. 8. Are you happy with existing licensing models as applied to virtual systems? Source Freeform Dynamics and The Register, Oct 2007 Percentages relate to respondents offering an opinion Other infrastructure software (middleware, DBMS, etc)
  9. 9. Are you happy with existing licensing models as applied to virtual systems? Source Freeform Dynamics and The Register, Oct 2007 Percentages relate to respondents offering an opinion Application software (ERP, CRM, etc)
  10. 10. Are you happy with existing licensing models as applied to virtual systems? Source Freeform Dynamics and The Register, Oct 2007 Percentages relate to respondents offering an opinion Middleware, DBMS, etc
  11. 11. Some common scenarios PHYSICAL SERVER Replicated single platform stack Hypervisor Operating System Operating System App Server or DBMS App Server or DBMS Business Application Business Application
  12. 12. Some common scenarios PHYSICAL SERVER PHYSICAL SERVER Replicated single platform stack Replicated OS with mixed AS/DBMS Hypervisor Operating System Operating System App Server or DBMS App Server or DBMS Business Application Business Application Hypervisor Operating System Operating System App Server or DBMS App Server or DBMS Business Application Business Application
  13. 13. Some common scenarios PHYSICAL SERVER PHYSICAL SERVER PHYSICAL SERVER Replicated single platform stack Replicated OS with mixed AS/DBMS Mixed platform stack (OS/AS/DBMS) Hypervisor Operating System Operating System App Server or DBMS App Server or DBMS Business Application Business Application Hypervisor Operating System Operating System App Server or DBMS App Server or DBMS Hypervisor Operating System Operating System App Server or DBMS App Server or DBMS Business Application Business Application Business Application Business Application
  14. 14. Dynamic virtualization CHANGING DEMAND
  15. 15. Scenario & licensing matrix * Licensing models and tools to implement these approaches are currently rare or not available Licensed by Replicated single platform stack Applications and mixed platform stacks Dynamic execution environment Physical server OK Check Beware Physical CPU or core OK OK Check Fractional CPU or core OK OK Check Installed instance Beware Check Beware Concurrent instance* Beware Check Check Named user Check Check Check Concurrent user Check Check Check Average utilisation* OK OK OK Metering approach* OK OK OK
  16. 16. Other considerations <ul><li>Cost of virtualization software itself </li></ul><ul><li>Application container approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hypervisor higher in stack, e.g. Sun, SWsoft </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transient and standby installations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development, test, support, disaster recovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The role of enterprise licensing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>License management and tracking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generic versus specialist tools, metering, etc </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Final thoughts <ul><li>Licensing models yet to mature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Confusion and inconsistency in meantime </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Important to look beyond your immediate need when making platform choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipate larger scale and more dynamic use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think through the scenarios </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss future requirements with vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget the open source advantage </li></ul>

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