Optimizing Cloud Licensing: Strategies and Best Practices


In principle, there are two different approaches to cloud licensing: On the one hand, licenses can be created, managed, and updated via the cloud. However, the licenses are actually located on the local device and can be used offline, at least for a certain period of time. On the other hand, the licenses can be used directly in the cloud. This case requires a permanent online connection to the server in the cloud. Especially if the number of licenses used simultaneously needs to be counted reliably, such a connection to the license server is inherent. In the webinar, we will look at best practice tips for this "license server" use case.

For "always-on" licenses, CmCloudContainer is the best solution from the CodeMeter product family. The license server is operated by Wibu-Systems for you in the cloud. You create a CmCloudContainer, transfer the licenses in advance into this CmCloudContainer, and send your customer the access data (credential file). When creating the CmCloudContainer, you can choose between a Personal Container and an Enterprise Container.

The Personal Container is typically used as a container for a user (person). They can have the container active on up to three workstations. Through the License Quantity, you define on how many workstations the user can use your software simultaneously. Three active workstations do not automatically mean three licenses for simultaneous use; by default, a match of one license on one workstation is set.

The Enterprise Container is used when multiple users share a license, almost like a license pool. From an installation point of view, there is the possibility to set up a local proxy CodeMeter license server. All users access this server and do not need direct access to the cloud. This case is mainly used when devices on the shop floor are indirectly connected to the cloud via edge devices.

Alternatively, all users or devices consuming licenses can communicate directly with the CodeMeter Server in the cloud. Mixed forms of direct and indirect access through several local license servers are also possible. The exciting question here is how to disavow a device or user from the list of units of people that were initially granted access rights.

Here is where CodeMeter License Portal comes in handy and provide a turnkey solution. You and your customers create groups and users. Each user can access two CmCloudContainers, their own Personal CmCloudContainer, and the Enterprise CmCloudContainer of the group to which they belong. Depending on the use case, you can either leave the choice to your user or make it transparently in the background for them.

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Let’s dive in together and explore all the scenarios and the related configurations; here is what we are going to cover during this masterclass:

  • What does cloud licensing mean
    • Creation of licenses in the cloud
    • Use of licenses in the cloud
  • Different CmCloudContainer types
    • Personal CmCloudContainer for individual users
    • Enterprise CmCloudContainer for shared licenses
    • Deployment scenarios with and without proxy CodeMeter license server
  • Mapping of workflows in CodeMeter License Portal
    • Management of Personal CmCloudContainers
    • Management of Enterprise CmCloudContainers
    • Adding users and devices to a group
    • Removing users and devices from a group
    • Automatic updates via Software Activation Wizard

Unlock the full potential of cloud licensing with CodeMeter License Portal. Join us to simplify your licensing management processes, and discover how to optimally utilize and configure different CmCloudContainer types for your specific needs.

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