1. What are the advantages of user-based-licensing?

There are many advantages, including:

  • Simplified requirements capture
  • Straightforward business model
  • Improved performance for build and test
  • Increased flexibility
  • The ability to exploit infrastructure and cloud deployments to the full
  • Streamlined tools deployment.

User-based licensing is designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness by giving users to the right tools at the right time.

2. How do I calculate how many Success Kit licenses are needed?

It’s just the number of users you have. If you currently use our tools with floating licenses, we can provide a Python script that can analyse the diagnostic log created by your license server. This gives a comprehensive summary of your usage.

3. Which tools are compatible with user-based licensing?

User-based licensing needs new licensing technology to be integrated into our tools. Note that the following tools are not compatible with user-based licensing:
  • Any release of any tool made before April 2022
  • The existing compiler functional safety branches AC5.04, AC5.06, AC6.6
  • MDK, PK51, DK251, PK166, ARTX-16

4. What happens for customers that can’t migrate to the latest tools releases?

Perpetual archival licenses are available for tools that can’t be used with user-based licensing.

5. How many licenses are needed for my CI farm?

Just the number of users you have. For example, if your CI process executes under a single Jenkins user account, then you need just one license.

6. Can legacy licenses co-exist with user-based licenses?

Existing floating licenses are not compatible with user-based licenses, and must be deployed on a different license server.

7. Can tools be used off-premise?

Yes, tools can be used completely off-network and out of communication with the license server for up to 30 days. We also offer a cloud-hosted license server, so you don’thave to be connected to your own network.

8. Will seat administration overheads increase for user-based licenses?

No, just the opposite. We’ve worked hard to reduce administration overhead for user-based licensing. If you’re using our cloud-hosted license server you are not required to start, provision, and maintain your own on-premise license server.

9. Can tools be used in the cloud?

Yes. Cloud-hosted development is a major use case and was built into user-based licensing from the start.

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