SafeNet extends Sentinel Cloud
The software management service now supports applications delivered on-premis
Software monetisation leader SafeNet has extended its Sentinel Cloud, the company's software licensing and entitlement management service, to support applications delivered on-premise. This enhancement is designed to enable software publishers to leverage cloud-based, user-centric licensing, management and reporting techniques to monetise on-premise and hybrid software portfolios.
"The software industry is rapidly making its way to the cloud. This not only impacts how software applications are expected to be delivered but dramatically changes how enterprise and consumer end users alike expect software to be packaged, controlled, and maintained," said Amy Konary, research VP, Software Licensing and Provisioning, IDC. "For example, software usage is being increasingly associated with users as opposed to devices, consumption-based business models are the growing preference, and vendor-customer transparency is a must. These three things alone present a tremendous challenge for vendors leveraging traditional software pricing and licensing technologies."
Adoption of SafeNet's cloud-based approach to software monetisation for all products regardless of whether they are being delivered as a service or for installation on premise is designed to allow software publishers to support usage-based pricing, license users, not hardware, take control of licenses to improve customer support capabilities and accelerate marketing and sales activities, exploit detailed feature and product-level usage tracking, embrace virtualisation, and reduce IT dependencies.
"Analysts all agree that, for the next three to five years, hybrid product portfolios are going to dominate the software industry. This means that the lines are going to have to blur between on-premise and cloud licensing experiences as we know them today," said Shlomo Weiss, vice president of Cloud Services, SafeNet. "Software publishers are going to be expected to deliver a cloud-like user experience for on-premise applications, and they are going to be reliant on their vendors to make management of hybrid portfolios as easy as possible. Sentinel Cloud does just that-it brings next-generation, cloud-based licensing techniques to on-premise software and simplifies hybrid software portfolio management."