FlexNet Manager for VMware: Features

Automated License Management and License Optimization for VMware Software


Product Use Rights Library

FlexNet Manager for VMware includes a Product Use Rights Library for VMware that enables it to determine an accurate and optimized license position. VMware Product Use Rights include:

  • Upgrade— for some products, VMware allows “functionality upgrades,” which means that the customer can upgrade from a product with “lesser” functionality to a product with more functionality. (A Support and Subscription benefit).
  • Downgrade—the right to use an older version of the software than the version purchased
  • Non-production use—in some cases, VMware license agreements allow the installation of more than one copy of an application for non-production use. For example, 2 additional installs of vCenter Application Discovery Manager are allowed for Development use. In this case, FlexNet Manager Platform provides an Exemption feature that can be used to flag these installations so they are not counted in the VMware license consumption calculation.

When creating new licenses from purchase order data, utilizing software product SKUs if available, the product use rights are applied automatically, which minimizes the amount of effort required to model entitlements in FlexNet Manager for VMware.

Enhanced VMware Discovery and Inventory

FlexNet Manager for VMware includes enhanced discovery and inventory capabilities for the vSphere and vCenter datacenter server products. Each installation is introspected and licensing data such as the license key, the license metric, and assigned capacity for that server is captured. FlexNet Manager for VMware provides visibility into license key assignments across servers. It is able to detect if license keys are overused, which could cause an organization to be out of license compliance and subject to a VMware software audit. It is also able to compare actual server capacity against assigned capacity to find underused license keys that may uncover over purchasing of VMware products.

‘What If’ Analysis

Simulation capability is provided for VMware server based licenses allowing customers to perform What If analysis to understand the licensing implications of a change to their IT environment. This ‘What If’ Analysis feature enables the calculation of a new VMware license position considering:

  • Hardware change
  • Shared processor pool settings changes or the addition or removal of shared processor pools
  • Addition or removal of software installations

‘What If’ Analysis provides information on the financial impact of the change from a software licensing perspective.

License Change Review

This feature analyzes differences between Flexera Software content libraries—particularly the Product Use Rights Library, and existing software licenses. Recommendations such as applying product use rights templates and adding applications to the license record are made so that the license repository can be kept up to date.

  • Changes to software vendors’ product use rights are incorporated in the library via monthly updates and can be automatically applied to existing licenses
  • An opt out option is available for these changes if there are specific (non-standard) product use rights in contracts with a publisher
  • Automatically benefit from improvements in the Flexera Software libraries, e.g. new links between Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) and applications in the Application Recognition Library, new SKUs with associated product use rights, etc., that may impact existing licenses

License Change Review ensures that your license compliance position is always accurate and optimized.

License Exemption by Device Role

The process of creating device exemptions, based on the role of the device (production, test, backup/DR/failover, training, etc.) is now automated by using product use rights supplied by the Product Use Rights Library and assigning a role to each inventory device. When an inventory device is assigned to a role that is exempted in the product use rights for the license, meaning that the device (e.g. server) does not require a separate license for that role, the exemption is automatically applied during license reconciliation. This reduces the number of licenses consumed which can reduce your ongoing costs for software.

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