Today we’re excited to finally announce the availability of the Labs64 NetLicensing version 2.2.
You’re very welcome to give it a try, and share your feedback with us!
- New “Floating” Licensing Model offers vendors another dimension of licensing flexibility for their products
- With Labs64 NetLicensing demo virtual appliance, our partners and resellers get hands-on access to the service for local / offline deployment demonstration – get in contact with us for more info
- Java client library reworked and covers entire NetLicensing API
- NetLicensing Manage UI improved for even better usability and user experience (UX)
- … and many other useful improvements!
Please see the Release Notes for complete list of changes and new features.
A topic that we have covered on repeated occasions has been the perpetual increase in the number of devices which can access the internet. We have looked at this from a number of perspectives but one that has so far eluded us is the subject of licensing and license activation.
We are constantly being told by major companies and developers that ‘The future is in the Cloud’. In the world of personal computing, fewer and fewer people are backing up their data to physicals discs and many more are switching to cloud based solutions. For businesses; cloud based servers are now both a viable and a relatively inexpensive solution. Without the need for the physical installation and maintenance costs of an on-site server stack, companies can cut energy bills, make their data more accessible to employees and enable people to ‘work from anywhere’.
Stock and custom photos and images can add a nice final touch to your website and blog when making a point. The prevalence of photo sharing services and new digital technologies has made photos more common across the Web, so your content needs to secure stunning images to keep up with the competition.
The movement of infrastructure, processing and networks to the cloud often involves the emulation of software and services that run these cloud-based platforms. Software running in the ether still requires a license, but managing the licensing for virtual machines can become a complex task, especially when a single server or machine may run multiple instances of your software.
Licensing as a Service, or LaaS, has emerged as a new way to allow vendors to manage the software they provide to customers, freeing up time for development and product innovation instead of having to continually ensure that customers are only running the amount of instances they pay to license. This development may also be outside the vendor’s area of expertise.
It is undeniable that one of the largest technology stories of 2013 was not a new range of televisions, or a revolutionary smartphone. Although these were both technologies that emerged in this year, the story which saw a UK newspaper destroy computer hard disk drives in the presence of members of the Security Forces and a well-documented man-hunt across half of the world was the revelations released by a former employee of the American National Security Agency that millions of people had had their personal emails and mobile phone records accessed by agencies in both America and Europe.
Although the initial impact of this was the shock that agencies had first of all been able to access this material with such ease and that it had been considered acceptable; the secondary effect was the realisation that major email and telecommunications companies had been willing to hand over information about their customers to these agencies.
The ongoing focus of this series has been the changing habits of application users. Until now we have focused largely on applications and how the evolving use of applications means that it is necessary for developers to make a change in their approach to creating and marketing their products.
The change in application use is reflective of a broader shift in the way that people interact with the technology around them. Even five years ago, people were not as ‘connected’ as they are now. Increasing broadband connection speeds, wider availability of free Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G mobile networks has meant that we are hardly ever away from the multitude of computers that we now carry with us, wherever we go.