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Licensing Software

Buying software licenses just got a little less expensive.

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This story appears in the March 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Software licensing compliance has never been the most cut and dried subject. It's important for growing businesses to stay on top of their licensing requirements and avoid penalties for noncompliance. Be ready for some interesting new changes in server licensing, thanks to recent moves by Microsoft. Growing businesses that find themselves on the more complex end of servers and networking should especially take heed of the new licensing model.

Most changes hinge on virtualization. Virtualization software (like Microsoft's Virtual Server) is gaining popularity as a way to reduce the number of servers a business needs to handle its workload.

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