SoftwareKey Metering System Repurposed

By Mike Wozniak | General

Sep 30
Metering System Box

History and Overview

The SoftwareKey Metering System was originally launched in 2009 through a partnership with VMWare.  Built on the license management technologies built inside of the SoftwareKey System for Independent Software Vendors, the Metering System helps IT departments:

  • Manage and control access to internal-use applications
  • Log application usage
  • Report on application usage throughout an enterprise
  • Enforce concurrency limits on applications using a floating network license 

You can quickly define and enforce which applications users are allowed to run both inside and outside your organization, and you can closely track and report on which applications are run by whom, and for how long.

The SoftwareKey Metering System functionality was designed to be inserted directly into VMWare ThinApp, although it also supports other desktop software virtualization systems.​

Benefits

​With the SoftwareKey Metering System, you know that only authorized and licensed users can use desktop applications, regardless of where they are run.

​The application logs and reports help you make smarter software purchases in the future. Administrators can review collected data and determine who needs upgrades.

​Furthermore, you can determine whether you are in compliance with your software licenses and have a clear record of compliance. The data collection will show which programs are in greater demand than others, helping you clarify the need for additional licenses and when you need to cancel others. This information saves you money by avoiding unnecessary purchases.

We looked at many suppliers of software management and metering solutions, and we're thrilled that SoftwareKey, with their robust, functionally rich, and proven solution stepped up and were willing and able to adapt and integrate their solution to fit into the ThinApp architecture.

Henrik Rosendahl
Director Application Virtualization at VMware

Where Can I Learn More?

Instead of offering the SoftwareKey Metering System as a separate product, we have chosen to fold the underlying technology into the SoftwareKey System (Protection PLUS and SOLO Server).   Since customers looking for metering solutions often have ​unique requirements, we invite you to contact us for a free 1 on 1 consultation.

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    About the Author

    Mike Wozniak is one of the co-founders of SoftwareKey.com and responsible for marketing, content and product strategy. When he isn't plotting new ways to help customers solve licensing and business automation challenges, he likes to travel and entertain guests who come to visit the Orlando area. He also writes most of the licensing tips here.