Understanding the myriad rules and regulations surrounding licensing requirements can be overwhelming. Plus, failure to operate within the legal parameters of software license agreements can lead to heavy fines or operating with outdated versions of your mission critical applications.
GreenPages’ certified licensing specialists help you identify your software licensing needs and optimize your software licensing options with services such as onsite assessments, license reconciliation, future needs assessments, compliance reviews, and ongoing maintenance plans. We can help you purchase new licenses, upgrade from previous or competitive versions, and explore new software solutions to maximize your productivity—and your budget.
Modern Licensing Challenges: Licensing Compliance
One of the biggest licensing challenges IT faces today is compliance. Software licensing rules and regulations change often and it’s extremely difficult to stay on top of every new rule and program modification—especially for organizations that experience high turnover. In addition, each software manufacturer has its own unique set of licensing requirements—whether software is licensed per user, per device, per core, or per processor.
GreenPages’ licensing experts help clients sift through each manufacturer’s licensing models to choose the best configuration for their organizations, avoid any unnecessary licensing fees, and make sure they are on the right path for compliancy. We also handle licensing renewals, subscription and maintenance support, and can pull license history reports from different manufacturers to review your assets, uncovering areas where you may be better able to more strategically optimize your licensing budget.
Licensing Upgrades, Promotions, New Versions, End of Life
GreenPages’ licensing experts keep customers up to speed on new editions or version releases (from on-prem to cloud versions), product end-of-life dates, pricing increases and changes, and promotions that can save customers money. We are a crucial software licensing resource for organizations that need help navigating the different licensing programs available from numerous software manufacturers, including leaders such as Microsoft, VMware, and Citrix.
GreenPages’ licensing experts design Microsoft licensing programs for clients based on size, buying patterns, or organization type—whether corporate, government, or academic—and help forecast Microsoft licensing needs based on growth and organizational goals.
Microsoft has multiple licensing programs such as Open, Select, and Enterprise agreements—all with many options and tiers within each. GreenPages’ licensing experts help clients determine the best fit for their needs without pushing specific programs. We can also execute on planning services vouchers for our Microsoft Select and Microsoft Enterprise Agreement customers.
GreenPages is certified in three of the most important Microsoft Competencies:
- Gold Server Platform
- Gold Management & Virtualization
- Silver Devices & Deployment
Over the past few years, VMware has added numerous products to their portfolio through both corporate acquisitions and internal software design. GreenPages’ licensing experts are trained on each new VMware technology and its corresponding licensing guidelines—many of which are complex and directly affect other VMware components clients may have in their environment.
VMware offers clients many different ways to license their products, whether Standard or Enterprise Plus or by processor or virtual machine. GreenPages understands each VMware licensing path—how to get customers from A to B—through upgrades, licensing consolidation, harnessing legacy applications, add-on management capabilities, and specific VMware program eligibility requirements such as VPP volume pricing or ELA enterprise licensing.
Citrix licensing can be very complex due to the many factors (named devices, concurrent users, etc.) inherent in virtual desktop infrastructure solutions. GreenPages’ Citrix licensing experts understand the unique licensing requirements for various product editions, how to accurately move from legacy XenApp solutions to Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop, as well how to navigate Citrix Netscaler editions and components; Citrix Netscaler alone, being both a hardware and a virtual appliance with four different editions each, has almost 130 different licensing combinations possible.
Citrix XenMobile solutions for handheld devices require additional strategies from both a security and management perspective. GreenPages’ Consulting and Solution Architects work with clients to determine the best-fit Citrix solutions and then our licensing experts ensure clients understand and receive the correct Citrix licensing scenarios and configurations based on price, organizational needs, and future goals.