Technology in the Classroom Subcommittee

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Definitions of Licensing Terms


Individual License:A license which allows one copy of the software to be installed on a single machine.
Lab License:A license which allows you to install the software in a lab type situation.  This type of license generally provides a discount in pricing compared to buying enough individual licenses to install in a lab.  AKA “seat license” or “pack license”.
Site License:A license that is generally assigned to an institution rather than a specific amount of individual machines.  The usage of this type of license is usually not restricted to a certain amount of users, but to an institution or geographic location.
Concurrent License:

A license which allows the software to be installed locally, but upon launching the software, it must communicate with a server to make sure the amount of instances already running does not exceed the amount specified in the license agreement.  For example, if you have a concurrent license for 25 users and 25 users have launched the software, user number 26 will not be allowed to launch the software.  This type of license is advantageous if you know the amount of people that need to use the software at any given time.  If you have 100 students through several courses, but only 25 of them need to run the software at any given time, you can purchase a concurrent license for 25 instead of purchasing 100 licenses.

Key Server:

A type of hardware used to manage concurrent licenses.  A “key server” monitors how many instances of a specific software package are running at any given time.