Title: On-demand software licence provisioning in grid and cloud computing

Authors: Yona Raekow; Christian Simmendinger; Domenic Jenz; Piotr Grabowski

Addresses: Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI, Schloss Birlinghoven, 53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany ' T-Systems Solutions for Research GmbH, Pfaffenwaldring 38-40, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany ' High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Nobelstr. 19, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany ' Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, ul. Dąbrowskiego 79a, 60-529 Poznań, Poland

Abstract: The lack of licence management schemes in distributed environments is becoming a major obstacle for the commercial adoption of grid or cloud infrastructures. In this paper, we present a complete licence management architecture that enables a pay-per-use licence management, which can be deployed together with an on-demand computing scenario. Our architecture enables authenticated access to a remote licence server. The licence management architecture can be deployed in any distributed environment. It supports existing client/server-based software licence management tools (e.g. FlexNet Publisher). This allows an easy transition from current software licence business models, which support only a local licence management towards business models that support licence management in distributed environments.

Keywords: software licence management; grid computing; cloud computing; PIN/TAN; portals; accounting; billing; on-demand software licencing; licence management architecture; pay-per-use licence management; distributed environments.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGUC.2013.054486

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2013 Vol.4 No.1, pp.10 - 20

Received: 01 Jan 2011
Accepted: 11 Jun 2011

Published online: 16 Jun 2013 *

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