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SQL Server 2019

No sooner had it been released than it is already managed into SamBox.io.

We have updated our SQL Server engine, reflected new rules, and are ready to optimize these new licenses & installations.

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SamBox.io at the IT Forums innovation on Dec 10th

We are happy to announce that SamBox.io have been selected by the IT Forums innovation committee in France to candidate for the 15th edition of the Tech Innovation Trophy!

This event is organized by the CRiP (“Comité des Responsables informatiques de Production”, meaning IT Production Management Committee). The CRiP is a renowned association in France aiming at helping CIO & Production IT Managers drive their business according to best practices, understanding market trends and innovations, and creating a strong and large network of IT professionals. More than 400 french companies are members (90% of them are large companies part of the CAC40 / SBF120 stock market index), and +10 000 IT professionals have already attended a CRiP event.

14 CTOs and CIO of french large organizations will be members of Jury (like Bank of France, Essilor, Thales, Peugeot Group, Crédit Agricole, Generali, Bouygues Telecom…). On the starting line, 50 startups and only 5 minutes to pitch and convince.

Let’s play with that rules !!!


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Oracle Database+Options & Middleware available on Dec 9th

After SQL Server, Windows Server / SCCM / CIS, we are excited to announce that our Oracle compliance engine will be released on SamBox.io on the 9th of Dec.

More than +300 Oracle projects already driven with the SamBox.io engine by our consultants; Many use cases applicable with such a tool :

  • Simple license snapshot,
  • Audit Defense,
  • ULA Exit declaration (and all the associated preliminary and following work to secure as much as possible that move, like opportunity study to exit, continuous monitoring of compliance post ULA…),
  • License transfer scheme across entities,
  • What if scenarios,
  • Move to Cloud,
  • Best NUP/CPU allocation for (huge !) savings purpose…

More info to come soon on the detailed features of this engine.

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SAM Strategy Thoughts

Already +3 000 licensing positions!

That’s it!

I am happy to share that we have just run over +3 000 licensing positions!

So many snapshots since the first use of our compliance engine. Let’s assume that SamBox.io computes in ~5 min what usually require dozens of hours at least if done manually… without even the same level of reliability & optimization in the results (sorry to say that, but we’ve been through this period…)

  • we talk of ~4 500 man.days that have been saved…

What about you? Do you prefer to spend time assigning licenses, computing licensing rules, verifying, revising, starting over, again and again… Or don’t you think it would be preferable that you immediately bring added value in the roll out of optimization action plan… and maybe explain to you DBA that he may have activated some options that cause licensing issues, or validate with your infrastructure manager that he should change the config or their cluster?

Well, beyond the fact that SamBox.io helps you determine reliable and optimized results, basics of SAM return of investment is not to save time to reduce the SAM Workforce, but save time to better use it for actual savings purposes. We will later write a post on ROI and how to establish an efficient SAM Strategy & roadmap.

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SamBox.io mentioned by the ITAM Review

Happy to share with you that only a few days after SamBox.io launch, we have had the honor to be quoted by the ITAM Review team during their last podcast session.

As from 2’20.

I strongly encourage you to subscribe to their monthly podcast: easy way to remain up to date on any IT Asset management news, and the garantee to put you in good mood!

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Licensing optimization – Stake of dynamic optimized license assignment

When it comes to license position establishement, we can sometimes hear that licensing is a matter of “interpretation”, and there is not one single true “licensing position”. Well, I must say that I do not necessarily share such starting assumptions, even though I definitely end up with same outcomes.

Let me explain: Having multiple interpretations of licensing rules implies that definition of such rules are ambigous, inconsistent, or just too vague. It definitely happens sometimes, and some software vendors are indeed less accurate than others when it comes to defining licensing rules. But we should all keep in mind that licensing rules are the operational version of the “granted rights” clause that exist in any SW contract. And contractual schemes and architectures are sometimes complex, and require legal skills to determine which section(s) should prevail or not on some other(s), and whether side documents are “official” ones to be taken into account or not. In any case, the possible multiple interpretations of licensing rules should always be the result of a legal analysis. It is then interesting to consider real court decisions, and determine how vague licensing rules really are.

Concretely, difficult to argue that Microsoft licensing is not clear. Product terms document are released and updated multipe times per year, and history of all product terms are fully accessible to everyone, publically. Besides, have you ever heard of a court decision stating that some Microsoft licensing rules aren’t valid or applicable?

About Oracle, licensing rules are much more discussed and subject for debate within licensing professionals clubs, or simply on the internet; but reality is that Oracle has yet managed to make their rules be applicable & in effect because it is almost impossible to rely on a court decision that would be a precedent for everyone, and nulify their logics so far (“Oracle does not recognize soft partitioning” remains the magical statement!).

What about SAP and the so-called indirect access usage? Everyone who knows SAP licensing would tell that indirect access is not easy to determine… grey zone… yet, the Diageo court case and the £54.5m decision is unfortunately a real figure, real money… and a clear message that “interpretation” is not necesarily favorable to end customers.

We could continue listing large SW Vendors and determine how valid licensing rules are, but in any case, within Elee, we do believe that it is too risky to count on hypothetic multiple interpretations of licensing to try to escape from contractual obligations; therefore, we will always recommend to make a rigorous work on licensing calculation, and accept the counting work, even if it is hard and boring sometimes.

But making a rigorous licensing calculation does not mean that we should accept to pay through the nose! Let’s respect the rules, and play with them!

Elee has developed deep expertise on selecting the most optimized licensing rules, when we have the opportunity to choose among multiple rules. And that happens all the time when you are dealing with complex vendors. Let’s explain below the real stake of dynamic optimized licensing allocation versus classical static license allocation. Ready?

Let’s consider below a small SQL Server situation. On the left, your entitlement (stock of licenses you can use); on the right, the environment you have to license.

Well, static allocation of licenses implemented by common SAM tools as well as auditors would give the following:

What would now give dynamic optimized license assignment?

Both licensing schemes fully respect the Microsoft SQL licensing rules! But as far as I am concerned, I definitely prefer the second option!

Now let’s imagine that you do not only have 1 cluster and 1 standalone physical server…. but dozen, hundreds or sometimes thousands of them? Let’s also imagine that optimized dynamic license assignement work for every situation where you can pick up between different licensing rules for each single situation? Licensing each VM separately, or the full underlying physical layer; core-based licensing versus proc-based licensing versus server+Cal licensing; highest or lowest licensing eligible version? Bundle or not? MSDN or not? NUP or CPU? Professional or Employee?… Do you see what I mean? Stake of optimized dynamic licenses assignment is huge, and I am happy to conclude that yes, there is not only one single true licensing position, and let’s take advantage of it!

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Replay of our first Webinar

SamBox.io is launched.

It is now time to let know about it. French customers who already know us have had the opportunity to attend our first webinar driven on the 17th of October 2019. We thank you for the large audience you have offered to us.

For those who want to know more about SamBox.io, here is the replay (french speaking webinar).

Webinar in english will be conducted before Eof 2019.