Amazon License Manager
Amazon License Manager makes it easier to manage licenses in Amazon Web Services and on-premises servers from software vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM. Amazon License Manager lets administrators create customized licensing rules that emulate the terms of their licensing agreements, and then enforces these rules when an instance of EC2 gets launched. Administrators can use these rules to limit licensing violations, such as using more licenses than an agreement stipulates or reassigning licenses to different servers on a short-term basis. The rules in Amazon License Manager enable you to limit a licensing breach by stopping the instance from launching or by notifying administrators about the infringement. Administrators gain control and visibility of all their licenses with the Amazon License Manager dashboard and reduce the risk of non-compliance, misreporting, and additional costs due to licensing overages.
Amazon License Manager integrates with Amazon Web Services services to simplify the management of licenses across multiple Amazon Web Services accounts (when it is available in China regions), IT catalogs (when it is available in China regions), and on-premises, through a single Amazon Web Services account. License administrators can add rules in Amazon Service Catalog (when it is available in China regions), which allows them to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on all their Amazon Web Services accounts. Through seamless integration with Amazon Systems Manager and Amazon Organizations (when it is available in China regions), administrators can manage licenses across all the Amazon Web Services accounts in an organization and on-premises environments. Amazon Web Services Marketplace (when it is available in China regions) buyers can also use Amazon License Manager to track bring your own license (BYOL) software obtained from the Marketplace and keep a consolidated view of all their licenses.
Gain control over license usage
Today, most organizations manage licenses using a wide set of methods that can vary from simple spreadsheets to highly customized solutions. Often, these approaches can be problematic, as they require manual and ad-hoc reporting that can be inaccurate and quickly outdated. With Amazon License Manager, license administrators can create custom licensing rules to help manage license usage either centrally or across different groups in the organization (when the required services are available in China regions). Amazon License Manager gives organizations visibility and control over how software licenses are used and can prevent misuse before it happens.
Amazon License Manager simplifies how licenses are tracked, helping administrators determine if the right number of licenses are being used and if additional licenses are required. Amazon License Manager also makes it easier to enforce controls on software usage to prevent overages, and helps reduce the time and costs for tracking and managing licenses.
Amazon License Manager provides a single, centralized view that allows tracking of all the licenses across Amazon Web Services and on-premises. Amazon License Manager’s built-in dashboard helps administrators track how many licenses are being used, how many are available, as well as how many licenses have breached usage limits. This helps administrators consolidate the view of all their licenses and reduce the risk of non-compliance.
You can set up Amazon License Manager in different configurations, but in general there are three distinct phases: Define rules, enforce them, discover new software.
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