SEWG Software Entitlement Working Group
- Shishir Pardikar, Citrix Systems Inc.
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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