Flexera Software Launches FlexNet Manager for VMware - Industry-First Software License Optimization Solution for VMware's Virtualization Products

Enables enterprises to optimize VMware spend, minimizing "shelfware" and audit true-up fees for non-compliant software use

Itasca, IL - December 2, 2014 Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, today announced the industry's first Software License Optimization solution for VMware products, FlexNet Manager for VMware. The newest component of FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, FlexNet Manager for VMware automates the complex process of inventorying VMware products and reconciling installations with VMware licensing terms, enabling enterprises to buy only what they need and use what they have.

"As CIOs seek to capture all the savings and efficiencies virtualization delivers, they can't forget that as much as 25% of software spend - including for VMware products - is being wasted because organizations fail to implement Software License Optimization best practice processes and technology," said Ed Rossi, Vice president of Product Management at Flexera Software. "Enterprises face a number of challenges in managing VMware licensing. For example, many VMware products are activated by license keys which, in some cases, are being used on more than one server, creating an over-deployment license compliance risk. FlexNet Manager for VMware delivers the automation organizations need to rein in this complexity, reduce license noncompliance risk and optimize spend."

Immediate Return: VMware Inventory and Software Asset Management

FlexNet Manager for VMware is designed to deliver value and ROI regardless of where an organization falls on the Software License Optimization maturity model, which defines the stages of optimization and corresponding benefits. For instance, at early stages of maturity organizations need basic inventory, Hardware Asset Management (HAM) and Software Asset Management (SAM) capabilities allowing them to discover and inventory installed software, identify and measure software usage, and establish governance and automation to help ensure continual compliance.

FlexNet Manager for VMware delivers immediate value with discovery and inventory capabilities for the vSphere and vCenter products, providing visibility into license key assignments across servers. The solution is able to detect if license keys are overused, which could cause an organization to be out of compliance. It is also able to compare actual server capacity against assigned capacity to find underused license keys, revealing over-purchasing of VMware products. FlexNet Manager for VMware also supports many license models, such as device-based and processor-based models, used by VMware for both desktop and server-based products.

Breakthrough ROI: Full Software License Optimization and Predictive Analysis

To fully optimize their software estates organizations need the ability to systematically apply all available software entitlements - product use rights -- to ensure they're fully utilizing their existing licenses before they purchase more. FlexNet Manager for VMware provides breakthrough ROI, delivering unmatched payback as organizations progress towards full Software License Optimization maturity. An included VMware product use rights library lets enterprises determine an accurate license position and minimize license consumption to reduce ongoing costs. Examples of product use rights that can be leveraged for optimization include upgrade and downgrade rights, and "non-production" use rights that allow additional installations of the software under a single license for certain VMware products.

Moreover, FlexNet Manager for VMware enables organizations to proactively anticipate the financial impact of IT environment changes before they are made. "What If Analysis" license simulation enables CIOs to assess potential datacenter changes, such as adding processors to a server, installing a new application, or provisioning a new server - empowering organizations to proactively manage their VMware licenses and accurately budget for software purchases.

"Organizations want confidence that they can invest in a Software License Optimization solution and start seeing value immediately. But they also want investment protection - to ensure that as their software license management practices evolve, the same solution is sophisticated enough to deliver more value with greater return on investment," said Rossi. "FlexNet Manager for VMware is the only solution available enabling organizations to manage and optimize their VMware assets. It delivers savings and risk reduction immediately, and in the long run."

FlexNet Manager for VMware further extends Flexera Software's leadership in Software License Optimization for the datacenter. FlexNet Manager Suite also includes optimization for IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Oracle datacenter products.

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FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises includes the following components:



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