Flexera Software Announces New Versions of FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises and Workflow Manager
New release speeds time to value, helps future-proof software investments and reduces risks associated with BYOD, virtualization, cloud asset management and software license compliance
Schaumburg, IL - July 16, 2012 Flexera Software, the leading provider of Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today significant enhancements to FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises. FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises is built upon the FlexNet Manager Platform, which delivers software and hardware asset management for enterprises across 11,000 publishers and 100,000 applications. The Suite also includes software license optimization solutions for Oracle, Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Symantec, and engineering applications, which automate entitlement-based license management to reduce license, maintenance and audit costs while maintaining license compliance.
The new release provides additional support for organizations seeking to migrate to virtualized and cloud-based environments with minimal risk and disruption. It also speeds time to value and helps buffer organizations from increased software licensing costs and compliance risks resulting from consumerization of IT, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and other trends impacting the IT environment.
Facilitating Virtualization & the Cloud While Minimizing Risk
Virtualization and the cloud have enabled powerful new licensing models for efficient and cost effective delivery of mission-critical applications to users. However, few organizations understand the impact of running virtualized applications on their license compliance position or software audit risk profile. FlexNet Manager Suite goes farther than any other solution to reduce the software compliance risks associated with virtualization.
New VMware VMotion cluster support significantly reduces license liability risk as virtual machines are moved between servers in a cluster. FlexNet Manager Suite automatically inventories VMware server clusters and provides built-in virtualization licensing rules for IBM and Oracle that enable enterprises to manage licenses for applications running in these clusters.
"VMware VMotion provides tremendous efficiencies, enabling IT to move virtual machines across physical servers to accommodate constantly changing workload needs. However, virtual machine movement within virtualized clusters may impact organizations' software license position due to vendor-specific license rules," said Alan Swahn, vice president of product management at Flexera Software. "FlexNet Manager Suite's new support for VMotion clusters will significantly enhance organizations' ability to remain compliant in dynamic virtual environments."
Accelerating Time to Value
Application Usage Management increasingly is being recognized as a strategic priority to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimized investment in software and future-proofed technology deployments and migrations. FlexNet Manager Suite accelerates time to value to maximize software ROI from the desktop to datacenter.
A new adapter for Symantec Altiris 7.1 enables FlexNet Manager Suite to leverage customers' existing investments in third party inventory tools. An expanded Application Recognition Library that includes more Linux & UNIX titles significantly increases the ability to discover, inventory and manage applications in the datacenter to ensure continual compliance of infrastructure software. The Application Recognition Library, which contains information to identify software for more than 110,000 software titles from 14,000 publishers, scrubs raw inventory data and provides a list of installed software per device.
Enhancing the CFO's and CIO's ability to maintain financial accountability and control over software assets, FlexNet Manager Suite's predictive 'What If' analysis has been expanded to include all server license types. Now, the impact of hardware, software and configuration changes on all datacenter licenses can be simulated ahead of time - including core point, processor, processor point and Microsoft server core models - helping organizations reduce the likelihood of compliance drift and anticipate the license liability and cost impact of infrastructure changes.
Moreover, FlexNet Manager Platform now automatically processes purchase orders in bulk, rather than on a one-by-one basis. The Platform uses its Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) library or known relationships between existing purchase orders and licenses in the repository to automatically create new license records or update existing licenses based on incoming purchase orders. It automatically links those license entitlements to software inventory as well. Automating the complex task associated with purchase order processing enables IT asset managers to focus efforts on exception handling and avoid errors due to manual processing.
Enabling the Consumerization of IT
As the consumerization of IT transforms the enterprise landscape, users increasingly are demanding a BYOD workplace with access to sensitive enterprise data from myriad personal devices.
FlexNet Manager Platform now has expanded hardware asset management capabilities to help enable secure BYOD via a new, out-of-the-box adapter for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012. This new adapter allows organizations to import hardware asset inventory data for mobile devices, track and manage these devices in the FlexNet Manager Platform repository, and differentiate between enterprise-owned and employee-owned mobile devices. In cases where the enterprise doesn't use System Center Configuration Manager 2012, the mobile device inventory is also obtainable through connection to Microsoft Exchange's ActiveSync tool.
Promoting Best Practices, Accountability & Control
Customers increasingly have been demanding a vendor-agnostic tool to obtain an accurate picture of their IBM PVU sub-capacity license position. FlexNet Manager Suite now provides sub-capacity calculations for PVU licenses, enabling accurate and independent verification of IBM license consumption. With this functionality, organizations can calculate their PVU license position independently of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT), see a side-by-side report comparing ILMT license data against FlexNet Manager for IBM and better defend against IBM audits.
Finally, enhancements to Workflow Manager streamline common software asset management workflow tasks via a straightforward configuration of approval tasks. This enables manager approval directly via emails. It also provides coverage for all key scenarios such as group approvals, where anyone in a pool of users is able to approve the task, or parallel approval, where multiple approvers can approve a task in any order.
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FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises includes the following compenents:
- FlexNet Manager Platform
- FlexNet Manager for Microsoft
- FlexNet Manager for Adobe
- FlexNet Manager for IBM
- FlexNet Manager for Symantec
- FlexNet Manager for SAP Business Suite
- FlexNet Manager for Engineering Applications
- Workflow Manager
- Read our Blog on Software License Optimization
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- Software License Optimization White Papers