AWS License Manager makes it easier to manage your software licenses from vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM, across AWS and on-premises environments. This gives you better control and visibility of your licenses, allowing you to limit licensing overages and reduce the risk of non-compliance and misreporting.

Set license terms as rules

With AWS License Manager, you can enable a centralized team in your organization to manage software licensing agreements and create rules. These rules can then be used across the organization to govern license usage.

License tracking enforcement

When a new EC2 instance gets launched, the rules created with AWS License Manager are attached using the console, CLI, or API. Once rules are attached, end users in your organization can launch instances and these can be tracked from dashboards in the AWS License Manager console. Licenses and usage can be tracked throughout the lifecycle of an instance. AWS License Manager also tracks any violation of the licensing rules and proactively sends an alert to end users and license administrators. When an instance is stopped or terminated, licenses are released and are available for reuse.

Limit non-compliance proactively

Set hard or soft limits to control license usage and prevent the launch of a new, non-compliant instance. A hard limit blocks the launch of an out-of-compliance instance. A soft limit permits out-of-compliance launches but sends an alert when one occurs. AWS License Manager evaluates these limits during instance launches or while attaching licensing rules to existing instances. When license usage exceeds soft limits, AWS License Manager sends notifications to license administrators and end users with Amazon Simple Notification Service. These notifications can be in the form of emails, text messages, or alerts to inform administrators that an instance is non-compliant. For hard limits, AWS License Manager blocks new instances from being launched using AWS License Manager’s built-in integration with EC2.

Automate discovery of existing licenses

AWS License Manager provides a mechanism to automatically discover software running on existing EC2 instances using AWS Systems Manager. Rules can then be attached and validated in EC2 instances allowing the licenses to be tracked using AWS License Manager’s central dashboard.

Administrators can discover software usage on instances using AWS Organizations by going through a one-time multi-account setup and creating policies that centrally control AWS service use across multiple AWS accounts. If users uninstall software purchased on AWS Marketplace, AWS License Manager's automated discovery feature is able to recognize that uninstall and make the license available for reuse.

Administrators can also use tags to help track and manage licenses across their AWS and on-premises environments. These tags can help identify whether a resource belongs to a dev/test or production environment, and/or a designated business unit.

Centralize license management and reporting

Get a centralized view of license usage across AWS and on-premises environments based on your licensing rules. This makes it easy to manage incremental licensing purchases, compliance, and vendor audits across your organization. By sharing licensing rules across AWS accounts, a single team can be made responsible for creating, modifying, and deleting licensing rules centrally in one AWS account.

Automate management tasks for licenses requiring Dedicated Hosts

To simplify management of licenses that require Dedicated Hosts, AWS License Manager allows administrators to specify Dedicated Host management preferences for host allocation and host capacity utilization. AWS License Manager then takes care of these tasks on your behalf, so that developers can seamlessly launch instances without performing upfront host allocation or managing capacity utilization. 

Use managed entitlements to track licenses across multiple organizations

AWS License Manager managed entitlements enable administrators to distribute, activate, and track third-party software procured in AWS Marketplace across multiple AWS accounts for end users and workloads. AWS License Manager managed entitlements also provides built-in controls so that independent software vendors (ISVs) and administrators can assign licenses to approved users and workloads.

Built-in AWS integration

Seamlessly track license usage throughout the lifecycle of your AWS resources. AWS License Manager is integrated with Amazon EC2, AWS Systems Manager, AWS Organizations, AWS Service Catalog, and AWS Marketplace. License administrators can add rules in AWS Service Catalog, which allows them to create and manage catalogs of IT services that are approved for use on all their AWS accounts. Through seamless integration with AWS Systems Manager and AWS Organizations, administrators can manage licenses across all the AWS accounts in an organization and on-premises environments. AWS Marketplace buyers can also use AWS License Manager to track bring your own license (BYOL) software obtained from AWS Marketplace and keep a consolidated view of all their licenses.

Leverage dashboard to track usage

With AWS License Manager, you can track licenses used across AWS and on-premises environments from a central dashboard. You can easily view license allocations, consumption, and alerts that need your action. This makes it easy for you to manage licensing purchases, compliance, and vendor audits.

To learn more, visit the AWS License Manager documentation.

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