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Licensing in a virtual world: What does it mean for your business?


In today's digital world, the effective use of technology to drive competitive advantage has never been so important. IT infrastructure has grown increasingly complex as companies have sought ways to become more agile and responsive to business needs - with a focus on scalable resource such as cloud computing. In the early 2000s, virtualisation began to gain traction within the IT world, and today, we're reaching market saturation. Virtualisation has become a key part of most organisation's infrastructure strategy, providing cost efficiency and resource utilisation benefits.


However, due to the ease of creating a Virtual Machine (VM), many organisations now face a phenomenon called Virtual Machine Sprawl where unnecessary provisioning of VMs without justification and approval leads to an unmanageable and uncontrollable infrastructure estate. Before the uptake of virtualisation, auditing physical assets allowed organisations to find out how many licences were installed. Now, with the proliferation of VMs, the complexities and misunderstanding of VM licensing makes it unsurprising that the word "audit" strikes fear into the hearts of many an IT professional - with the potential for non-compliance, reputation damage and financial exposure looming on the horizon.


Yet, it's vital to note that reviewing your licences isn't just about compliance and audits from the major software houses. By evaluating your database estate, you may find that you're over-licensed or that your systems are over-engineered. As such, it's vital to also consider licence management as a business opportunity, and a chance to significantly reduce costs. Whilst effective licence management does offer significant business benefits, the reality is that your IT team may not have the time or resource to properly track and optimise your software licences across your physical and virtual infrastructure. When it comes to your time for an audit, the resulting panic can severely affect normal business operation, not to mention the cost and career impact if you're found to be out of compliance.


Peace-of-mind from the experts


Here at Xynomix, we're one of the largest independent providers of Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server managed services and consultancy in the UK, helping organisations with mission-critical databases to maximise availability and performance whilst preventing costly downtime. When it comes to licence management, we're experts in helping our global client base to solve their licensing woes as an extension of their in-house IT team.


As both Oracle Gold and Microsoft Silver Partners, we're somewhat different to other licensing providers. Our experienced, in-house DBAs understand the intricacies of both Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server environments, and understand that everyone uses features in different ways. We're able to suggest the licensing solution that's both technically and financially right for you.


By assessing your Oracle and/or Microsoft SQL Server assets, we can:


  • Identify areas within your infrastructure where you can make cost savings
  • Optimise the deployment of your software assets
  • Prevent security breaches and reduce shadow IT within your organisation
  • Quantify wastage and prevent further unnecessary costs
  • Improve business insight and responsiveness
  • Ensure compliance and eliminate the risk of penalties


So, rather than pouring money into your IT spend or waiting until you're hit with that dreaded audit letter, beginning the conversation now can be extremely beneficial for your business. If you'd like some guidance from the database specialists, please don't hesitate to get in touch today via our dedicated webform or at 0345 222 9600.

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