Gartner Research

Overcome the Limitations of Unlimited Software License Agreements

Published: 21 July 2009

ID: G00168871

Analyst(s): Stewart Buchanan


Unlimited or unmetered software licensing agreements are often proposed by vendor salespeople as the best way to license software, especially on virtual servers. Understand the risks and rewards to determine when and on what terms unlimited enterprise agreements are the right thing to do.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Meet Business Objectives
    • Ensure That Objectives Can Be Met
    • Understand the Limitations of a Virtualization Licensing Solution
    • Manage Software Investments
  • Get the Right Contract Terms
    • Check the Boundaries of the Unlimited Agreement
    • Protect the Value of the Investment
    • Seek Inclusive Maintenance and Support Price Caps
    • Define What Happens on Renewal
  • Manage the Vendor Relationship
    • Monitor Implementation Targets
    • Monitor Benefits Realization
    • Plan and Manage Ongoing Costs

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