Microsoft adopts virtual licenses

A processor is a processor is a processor...

Microsoft is setting out a new licensing policy that addresses this age of virtualization.  The upshot is that the licensing fee is based on the number of virtual processors actually used, rather than the number of physical processors.

It certainly raises the stakes in license management software, which keeps track of just how many unused licenses are currently available in a pool. In conjunction with infrastructure that manages provisioning -- either bare metal provisioning or VM provisioning -- it seems like license management should be included as part of the resource identification and tracking data. 

Link: Microsoft adopts virtual licenses - Computerworld.

Update:  Another article, this one in ZDNet, discusses the virtual license decision taken by Microsoft.

... Microsoft's new policy seeks to reconcile new technology and old licensing models. Starting in December, the company will calculate the cost of server software products by the number of running instances of that product on any given server, rather than the number of physical processors contained in that server.

The shift will benefit customers, Microsoft says, by allowing them to parse up the processing power of a machine in a cost-effective manner. The company is looking to expand the use of virtualization with its own products, within partner programs and through its pricing policies, said Andy Lees, Microsoft's corporate vice president of servers and tools marketing. ...


Oracle buys Finnish open-source developer Innobase

This is interesting.  While Oracle strongly promotes open source and derives big revenue from Linux as the keystone of their OSS strategy, I believe that this is the first acquisition of a commercial offering based on open source.   

What's interesting about this is to compare the acquisition of Innobase, which is presently bundled with MySQL under a GPL license, with the acquisition by IBM this spring of Gluecode Software, a company that offered a low-end, open source alternative application server to IBM's WebSphere line.

In IBM's case, they seem to have been acquiring an inexpensive, OSS offering for the low-end that WebSphere barely touches.  In Oracle's case, I can't help but wonder if this is a way to poison the waters for MySQL by (a) making a competitive offer bundled with Oracle, and (b) using the GPL "viral" license to their advantage with MySQL customers.

Link: Oracle buys Finnish open-source developer - Computerworld.

Oracle Corp. scooped up another small technology maker on Friday, announcing its acquisition of Finnish open-source database technology developer Innobase OY. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Helsinki-based Innobase, is the creator of InnoDB, an add-on storage engine for MySQL. InnoDB is distributed under the open-source GNU General Public License. The software is bundled with MySQL though a contractual agreement that comes up for renewal next year; Oracle said it expects to negotiate an extension of that contract. ...


AOL Offers AIM License To Bloggers, Podcasters

This is an interesting phenomenon and business offer.  It's been a surprise to me that this hasn't been put in place before now.  Building a community of opt-in participants around a blog, podcast or a commercial website demands that there be a high-volume presence service, a good access control/permissions mechanism and an accounting/record keeping system.

I can definitely see how an IM service like AIM might be able to monetize this for the commercial websites, and offer it as a user draw for non-commercial sites.

Link: InformationWeek > Instant Messaging > AOL Offers AIM License To Bloggers, Podcasters > October 6, 2005.

America Online Inc. on Thursday started offering at no charge a license that allows non-commercial use of its popular instant messaging service, a move meant to attract bloggers, podcasters and other Web site operators.

In addition, the Dulles, Va., company also announced several new commercial users of AOL Instant Messaging, including social networks Facebook Inc., LinkedIn Corp. and Six Apart Inc.; and fashion and e-commerce site Inc. ...


Venture going to OSS: 100 Million And Counting...

I don't know how complete this is, but I just came across this post by Raven Zachary who's done a bit of quick calculation to determine how much money has (recently) been invested in companies commercializing open source software (OSS).

Link: Raven Zachary's Open Source Blog: 100 Million And Counting....


Effective description, discovery, and integration

Jon Udell has a good article about UDDI Version 3.  I've never been "deep" enough to understand what the failings of UDDI V2 are.  It's clear from my conversations with the architects in the Grid and SOA worlds that it wasn't sufficient.  So, now, what are the prospects for Version 3?  Is this still short of the mark, or does it provide us with the necessary functionality for a standard approach to discovery?  Anyone out there care to comment?

Link: Effective description, discovery, and integration | InfoWorld | Column | 2005-10-05 | By Jon Udell.

The Rodney Dangerfield of Web services standards is clearly Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration. UDDI don't get no respect. Its original conception -- a global e-marketplace for services -- looks, for now, like a dot-com-era fantasy.

Inside enterprises, however, it does serve as a convenient place to catalog services. And the more extensible information model in Version 3 of the standard has raised hopes that UDDI may yet prove to be the framework on which we'll hang operational and policy controls. ...