For many years, perpetual licensing has been the norm for software licensing. Buy it once and you own it indefinitely; or until the manufacture drops support for the product. Yearly software maintenance payments allow licensees to receive customer support and software updates to fix bugs and enhance the feature set.

However, there are often hidden truths behind perpetual licensing. Many times true costs are de-emphasized, or are categorized as sunk costs that are already committed to by the organization. The true cost of a perpetual software license includes many costs not normally factored into the purchasing decision. Compare this to a Cloud delivery model, where there are no hidden truths. - all the costs are known, open and above the board.

The following table compares the many components and costs of a perpetual license with the cloud model.

 

Component

Perpetual

Cloud

Server Hardware

Required

Included

Server Operating System License

Required

Included

SQL Server License

Required

Included

Client Access Licenses

Required

Included

Backup Agent and Media

Required

Included

Anti Virus / Threat Mitigation

Required

Included

Server Management Agent

Required

Included

Server Hardening

Required

Included

Disaster Recovery Planning

Required

Included

Monthly Maintenance

Required

Included

Backup Restore Testing

Required

Included

Break/Fix Ability and Effort

Required

Included

Power, Rack Space, and APC Load

Required

Included

Networking

Required

Included

 

When considering the true cost of enterprise software deployment, it is important to understand the real truth and the whole picture regarding costs, value, resiliency and implementation success.


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