Gartner Research

Ensure Applications Are Properly Licensed on VDI

Published: 07 March 2016

ID: G00292132

Analyst(s): Stewart Buchanan , Nathan Hill


Many licensing agreements apply to traditional PC delivery models and focus on device licensing. Despite ISVs evolving their delivery capabilities (e.g., SaaS), licensing VDI applications presents significant risk to software asset managers who must take specific actions to ensure compliance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Discover License Compliance for VDI
  • Evaluate License Rights in the VDI Design Phase
  • Prioritize Analysis of Device-Based Licenses
  • Maintain License Compliance for VDI
  • Ensure These Activities Are Coordinated by the Software Asset Manager
  • Review Vendor Options for Licensing Applications
  • Use Software Solutions to Enable Entitlement Control
  • Microsoft User Licensing will Improve License Compliance for On-Premises VDI but Not Yet for the Cloud

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