Let’s admit it – managing licenses is difficult. This complex process often involves manual or ad-hoc reporting that can quickly become outdated or result in inaccuracies. Within AWS, licenses are used across a variety of tools, which only making the situation worse. We’ve heard this compliant many times from our customer base, and decided it was time to introduce a solution: AWS License Manager!

 

This service is available to all AWS customers and provides an easy way to manage licenses in AWS and on-premises servers from software vendors like Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM. Here are four reasons why you should take advantage of this service:

 

 

  1. It’s Simple

AWS License Manager gives you a single, centralized view that allows tracking of all the licenses across AWS and on-premises. You can track how many licenses are being used, how many are available, and how many have breached limits – all on the built-in dashboard. AWS License Manager integrates with AWS services to simplify management of licenses across multiple AWS accounts, IT catalogs, and on-premises from one AWS account.

  1. You Have Control

As an Administrator, you can create your own custom licensing rules that fit the terms of your licensing agreements, giving you control over license usage. These rules can be made centrally or you can specify different rules for various groups in your organization. These rules will be enforced when an EC2 instance is launched. With AWS License Manager, you have visibility over how software licenses are used and can prevent misuse before it happens.

  1. Lower Costs

Say goodbye to wondering if the right number of licenses are being used or worrying if additional licenses are required! AWS License Manager does all of this for you, saving you the time and costs of tracking and managing licenses. You can also enforce controls on software usage to reduce the chance of overages.

  1. Reduced Risk of Violations

The consolidated view of your licenses reduces the risk of non-compliance. Additionally, the rules administrators set can limit violations for using more licenses than an agreement stipulates, and by reassigning licenses to different server on a short-term basis. It’s possible to limit a licensing breach by stopping the instance from launching or by automatically notifying the administrators about the infringement.

Well, there you have it – four reasons why you should use AWS License Manager and 0 reasons why you shouldn’t (because they don’t exist)! Do yourself a favor and start using this service to keep you compliant and to save you time, effort, and money.

If you have issues with set-up or have questions about the service, feel free to contact us!

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