A UK company is offering the first remote web-based service to probe organisations' IT networks, check software licences and fix any licensing problems.
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The AppVelocity service, available now for approved beta users from Virtual Network Partners, will help companies tackle the growing problem of application software sprawl and help avoid financial penalties of running unlicensed software.
The service can also be used by firms to check whether they have over-licensed their software assets.
The AppVelocity service combines a well-established asset management product with an innovative "application juke box" technology.
It is initiated from a remote location on the web using IP-probing technology to audit a company network or group of networks. It catalogues every hardware and software asset and also highlights potential breaches of security, with non-authorised hardware devices and software being discovered in the process.
Once the network has been fully audited, the network manager is given options to remedy license mis-matches.
For under-licensing, optimisation of properly available licences, using the Application Juke Box technology from Endeavors, is quickly achieved, said Virtual Network Partners.
Once an audit is carried out, over-licensing can be remedied at the next contract review opportunity, reducing maintenance and renewals costs. Concurrent usage patterns can also be analysed, again proving a cost-reduction opportunity.
"Software licensing compliance remains a major headache for IT managers, with some 26% of all software thought to be running illegally in the UK," said Warren Free, head of business development at Virtual Network Partners.
"Much of the unlicensed software on corporate networks is there without management's knowledge. However, it remains their responsibility, with significant financial penalties for companies that do not remove it," said Free.
The AppVelocity service is due to be fully released in July, with Virtual Network Partners seeking beta corporate users immediately to get involved in the early roll-out.