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SEWG Software Entitlement Working Group

Workgroup Information

Workgroup Chair

  • Shishir Pardikar, Citrix Systems Inc.

Workgroup Description

Management Problem(s) and Environment

The emergence of cloud computing along with virtualization adds additional complexity to software license management for platform vendors, application providers and their customers. The following cases are not considered to be comprehensively addressed by existing standards:

  • The ability to discover and enumerate software product usage. This could encompass what instances, users, CPUs or other measurable units that may be running, where (e.g. whether in an operating system on ha rdware server, or a virtualized or cloud computing environment), with what device, and by whom (i.e. on which processor of a given hardware server).
  • The ability to uniquely identify the software licensed product(s) associated with a particular usage.
  • The ability to technically express product usage information of licensed product(s) for pre-deployment or reporting purposes. For example, product usage information in a package such as in Open Virtualization Format (OVF).

These difficulties and others combine to increase the amount of effort required to produce an accurate software inventory. When virtualization is used, customers have an opportunity to improve the efficiency, availability and flexibility of their IT systems over time. Customers benefit when approaches to describing and reporting software products and product usage enable product interoperability. Providing these data artifacts, identified in items above, could serve as an input to creation of a framework to support associating licensed software products, product usage and licensing policies.

Upcoming Workgroup Deliverables

DMTF Standard Publication Identifier Document Title Target Version Target Release Date
DSPxxxx CIM Software Entitlement Usage and Metrics Profile 1.0.0 In Development
DSP1067 Software ID Tag Profile 1.0.0 In Development

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DMTF Profiles

DSP # Version Title Date Comments
DSP1067 1.0.0a Software ID Tag Profile 17 Nov 2014

.pdf file. DMTF Work-In-Progress

White Papers and Technical Notes

DSP # Version Title Date Comments
DSP-IS0301 1.0.0 Software Identification and Entitlement Usage Metrics 13 Jun 2012

.pdf file. DMTF Informational

Work in Progress Documents

DSP # Version Title Date Comments Expiration Date
DSP1067 1.0.0a Software ID Tag Profile 17 Nov 2014

.pdf file. DMTF Work-In-Progress

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