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Stay informed about our products including Reprise License Manager (RLM), RLM Cloud, and Activation Pro. 

 

Learn from our customer success stories, understand the intricacies of different licensing models, and keep up with our ongoing service upgrades.

How to License Server-Based Software

Consider your options

The usual licensing strategy for server software is to lock it to a physical host. This protects against running on multiple unauthorized hosts. However, it may not be the optimal approach to maximize your revenue or enhance customer satisfaction.

 

What’s missing?

First, there’s the notion of scaling. Unless you want to charge the same price for every site, you need a way to charge more when the usage is higher. Perhaps you can sell multiple node-locked servers to larger sites, or even charge relative to the number of computer cores on the machines, the rationale being that there is the potential to get more use from machines with more horsepower.

 

Float your server licenses

If you want your customers to have the flexibility of installing and using your server on many machines without having to license them separately, consider a floating license manager that ensures that no more than a predetermined number of concurrent server copies can run at the same time. With floating licensing, you would issue a license key with a count, and lock only the license server, not each node where the application is used.

 

Size matters

Another approach is to use a scaled metric such as the number of records in a database, or a count of named users. Each of these metrics can be securely specified in a license key, allowing the server software to know what level of service to enforce based on the scaling parameters. A single version of your software could then enforce a variety of appropriate sizes on a site by site basis.

 

Using a license manager, such as RLM, could also give you even more control of how your software behaves within a virtual machine. RLMCloud, a Reprise service for hosting customer license servers, would give ISVs control over their licenses for monitoring usage as well.

 

In any case, using a license manager gives you the freedom to change with your license policies.

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Reprise License Manager Wins 2021 Leader Award in Software

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“Virtual Dongles” for the Cloud

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RLM and RLM
Activation Pro

What’s the difference?

Reprise License Manager (RLM)

Software License Manager

RLM provides runtime checking that verifies that your application is licensed to run and that the current usage of your application is within the limits you have ser every time your application runs.

As a Software publisher, you integrate RLM into your product, and RLM keeps track at runtime of who is using the licenses of your software.

RLM can do this entirely within the client library (linked into your application), or, more commonly, your application makes a request of the RLM Lincese Server to check out a license.

The lincese server runs either on your customers network, or in the cloud if you are using our RLMCloud™ service.

RLM provides runtime checking that verifies that your application is licensed to run and that the current usage of your application is within the limits you have ser every time your application runs.

RLM Activation Pro

Software Activation Manager

Activation Pro is
used once when your customer purchases your software in order to retrieve the license which is specific to that customer.

Software Activation’s purpose in life is to get the licenses for your product to your customers with a minimum of fuss.

Activation Pro also has a server component wich we call the activation server.

Your application contacts the activation server and supplies a short text activation key, and in exchange, the activation server returns the license which enables your product.

Generally, this is done once, right after your customer purchases your software, not every time your software is invoked.