Licensing Management and Cloud Computing

The Fraunhofer-Institut für Techno- und Wirtschaftsmathematik (Industrial Mathematics) has teamed up with the software protection specialist Wibu-Systems to develop a secure and innovative license management system that meets the special requirements of cloud computing. The result is taking the popular CodeMeter technology to a new level - the cloud.

S4Cloud pools the competences of both research partners. The Fraunhofer ITWM has already developed the patented “GenLM” process for license management in grid and cloud computing, which is evolving with the addition of an especially secure procedure; in future, “GenLM” will create keys and license parameters optionally at the user’s end, employing an attack-proof hardware token. CodeMeter by Wibu-Systems is an already well-established hardware and activation-based solution used by software vendors to protect and license their software. With “GenLM”, a resources ticket is calculated from the input data. This ticket is converted to a data-dependent CodeMeter right to use, which can bind the usage rights for software to the input data of a user. At the same time, the software-based solution CmActLicense is expanded to work in virtual system environments. As soon as the cloud properties are implemented, CodeMeter protected software will run flexibly and securely in the cloud.

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