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Controlling Device-Based Licensing in Citrix

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Many organizations today are still getting to grips with the licensing implications of virtualized technologies such as VDI, Citrix and Terminal Services, where instead of being simplified, controlling licensing often becomes much more complex and high-risk as the licensing metrics change and potential access to software is significantly increased.

A prime example is when organizations wish to publish software within Citrix and tend to lock-down application access at a user-level through Group Policy. The issue with this is that vendors such as Microsoft have device-based licensing models, whereby all devices with access to specific software titles would require a license, regardless of the actual user count.

Finding the right tool

Having to purchase licenses for all devices regardless of the business need is very expensive. What is needed is a tool that can enforce access at the device level to comply with device-based licensing metrics and provide the required evidence of control to satisfy vendors such as Microsoft.

SOURCE: certero.com

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Certero are a vendor and supplier of products and solutions for: IT Asset Management (ITAM), Software Asset Management (SAM) and Software License Optimization and Entitlement (SLOE). Complimented by tailored services, our mission is to provide the best solutions that work individually and holistically together, seamlessly and optimally on a single platform – AssetStudio.

The AssetStudio platform consists of a number of products designed to solve a specific software asset management problem. It covers the entire IT estate, including: mobiles & tablets, laptops & desktops, servers, datacentre and the Cloud. Across all the major software environments: Microsoft Windows & Apple Mac OS, IBM, SAP, Oracle and UNIX/Linux.

Reduced complexity, cost and resources

It is currently estimated that on average, 70% of a software asset manager’s time is spent collating, interpreting and analyzing data from various sources. This leaves only 30% to actually act upon the knowledge, perform software optimization tasks and drive forward the software asset management agenda within the organization.

Now, with a single, holistic source of hardware and software asset information, with integrated reporting transforming data into useful knowledge, managers can access the information they require in seconds.

Developed from a single vision, the AssetStudio software asset management platform:
• Takes feeds from all the major ITAM solutions
• Gives a single unified data source for all software asset management
• Delivers a common modern graphical user interface across the entire platform
• Offers rich integrated reporting and business intelligence to quickly find the information you need

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