Snow Software Optimises the Cloud
LONDON, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
- Snow License Manager 6.2 offers license optimisation for cloud based business applications
- "Snow License Manager 6.2 becomes central hub of IT Asset Management, linking and sharing disparate data, systems and critical license intelligence to optimise IT budget utilisation and maintain compliance." Andy Hill, Trusted ITAM
Snow Software, the leading provider of software asset management tools, sets a new
standard for software asset management (SAM), by extending its solution to enable license
optimisation of cloud-based applications [http://snowsoftware.com/website1/184.108.40.206/153/2
]. Available now, Snow License Manager Version 6.2 has been designed to address the
growing complexity of today’s IT environments and provides users with a central hub and
toolkit for effective software license management and optimisation.
Increasing numbers of organisations are migrating software applications to the cloud
in order to achieve cost savings. Snow License Manager 6.2 enables them to benefit from
additional cost reduction opportunities, by optimising their use of web applications and
cloud based services in the same easy way as traditional applications. Now, for the first
time, IT departments who have adopted cloud based business applications, including Office
365, Salesforce, will have the ability to manage the licenses purchased and also ensure
they are not paying for additional licenses unnecessarily.
In addition to license management and optimisation for cloud-based applications, Snow
License Manager 6.2 offers the following features:
Enhanced support for virtual applications: includes Microsoft App-V, VMware ThinApp
and Citrix XenApp. This feature allows users to benefit from virtualization without losing
control of licenses.
Support for the latest Microsoft platforms: Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SQL
Commenting on the need for SAM solutions to offer cloud license optimisation, Mark
Flynn, Managing Director of Snow Software Limited said, “Cloud applications are great
because they are instantly available but the downside is that they can easily be ordered
and used without the knowledge of the IT department and SAM owner. This makes it hard to
optimise usage throughout an organisation and control costs centrally, which is why
offering cloud license coverage is such an important new feature.”
The growing importance of cloud-based applications for business is verified in
research published by Gartner, which emphasises the need for software asset management
(SAM) professionals to be optimising cloud software in use. According to its forecasts,
over 40% of IT infrastructure will be located in the cloud by 2014.
Commenting on the functionality of Snow License Manager version 6.2, independent ITAM
expert Andy Hill of Trusted ITAM said, “Cloud license optimisation is a vital addition to
Snow’s software portfolio and allows businesses to get the best value from SaaS solutions.
As a consultant working in large organisations, I have seen multiple large projects spring
up using Office 365 where staff churn was extremely high. This results in a full time role
being required on each project – just to manage user accounts. With some SaaS solutions,
the ability to continually evaluate usage is vital as there is no ability to ‘true-down’
licenses when oversubscribed.”
Information for software reviewers
If you are interested in receiving a review copy of Snow License Manager v6.2 for
evaluation purposes or having a walk through demonstration with one of Snow Software’s
technical team, please contact Lesley Muir, Good Public Relations
[http://www.good-pr.co.uk ] by emailing Lesley@good-pr.co.uk or call 07796148400.
About Snow Software
Snow Software develops and provides award-winning products for Software Asset
Management, inventory and software distribution. Designed for today’s increasingly complex
ICT world, Snow’s solutions enable its customers to take control of and maximise the value
of hardware and software assets, thereby helping to cut costs and reduce risks.
Every day, Snow’s solutions analyse over 1.4 billion software records at companies
across all sectors of industry and the public sector. Since the start in 1997 over 6.5
million licenses have been implemented and Snow operates offices in eight countries with
its partners worldwide.
Snow Software has achieved over 77% annual growth since 2009, which has helped the
company to secure venture capital investment from Virtruvian Partners in 2012. This
financial backing is key to enabling Snow Software to achieve its goal of becoming the
world’s largest SAM vendor by 2015.
As a ‘pure play’ SAM tool vendor, Snow’s approach to designing SAM software can be
differentiated from other vendors in the ITAM sector by the following product attributes:
- Feature rich, 'out of the box' product to deliver rapid time to ROI (typically in less than 9 months) and lower implementation costs - Comprehensive cloud, virtualisation and data centre support e.g. Oracle, Linux, Unix - License optimisation functionality for cloud applications - Excellent scalability for large organisations, users include Reed Elsevier, Next, Kingfisher Group - Strong software catalogue in terms of software products covered
Learn more at http://www.snowsoftware.com
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