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2015. November 9. Monday
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Non-scannable licensing data

From software asset management and licensing point of view, not only complex server environments, complicated infrastructure, or parallel application of cloud and traditional solutions may be challenging, but often, defining the license need of the apparently easier client-side products, too. Compliance of non-installation based usage requires particular attention when exact definition of software usage requires getting several data that cannot be determined by scanning workstations and servers. These cases may include:

  • metrics of products with non-installation based licensing (e.g. number of users),
  • the list of activated modules of a product (e.g. Oracle Database options), moreover
  • server accesses without installed components (e.g. Microsoft Core CAL).

Often, it is not clear what type of data we need – that is, who or ‘what’ is a user from licensing point of view! Regular registry and update of usage data can also be difficult. The exact license need can only be defined in the possession of all product licensing information, upon thorough study and understanding of EULA, and analysis of usage data.

These cases share the trait that data can be obtained from a certain source, but the methods are individual, and earlier could be done only manually. With the help of a proper SAM application collecting and recording data can be automated, eliminating the need for human intervention.

New ACDC Module with Unique Functionality

ACDC, the Advanced Central Data Collector module of SAM-Insights performs the automated collection of these type of data, and automatically records them in the database of SAM-Insights, where the core system can register and handle them as Non-Installation Based Usage (NIBU). ACDC makes data collection and regular update automated, substituting manual work, and human intervention. By means of ACDC, professionals, and application owners responsible for regular inspection of software usage can focus on the optimization of their license-stock instead of data collection.

The key components of ACDC the DCPs (Data Collector Plugins). All of them query certain data from certain system. DCPs encompass the unique logic needed for the non-uniform queries from individual systems.

You can find the current list of available DCPs at the end of this document. The list is expanding, so automated query of an increasing number of systems are available. We also develop new DCPs upon individual client requests, so that the assessment of their critical, or even custom developed systems can be quickly automated.

Query Engine is responsible for the control of DCPs that is, querying data from external systems. Evaluation Engine receives and processes data provided by DCPs, then stores them as NIBU data of the relevant SAM-Insights sub-system.

Data collected by ACDC system can be displayed on a web interface (Data Viewer), and even modified with appropriate permissions (Data Editor).

The operation of DCPs requires the availability of the data source, and the proper permission granted. Its parameters can be set through the web interface (DCP Config), and also, each DCPs can be configured here (DCP Admin).

For further information, and the list of current and scheduled data collector plugins (DCPs), ase download the product sheet of ACDC module.

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