It's generally understood that traditional licensing models put forth by independent software vendors (ISVs) do not translate well to a cloud model. These node-locked and floating licensing models have been especially challenging for small and mid-size enterprises who lack the negotiating power of a big company.
This is now changing: more and more ISVs have started to experiment with cloud computing and are adjusting their licensing models accordingly.
At the ISC Cloud'12 Conference in Mannheim, Germany, September 24-25, four representatives from major ISVs ANSYS, CD-adapco, ESI, and SIMULIA will talk about their motivation to move to the cloud. They'll also present their new licensing models and explain how they support them in the cloud, as well as highlight a few case studies from early customers.
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