As with all major software vendors, Citrix has a number of different licensing schemes in an effort to cater for different kinds/sizes of organizations as well as the differences between corporations, educational institutions, charities and government bodies.
Here there are 2 offerings which are:
This is aimed for companies with as few as 5 machines & requires no initial investment, but offers no discount either.
This follows a similar model to Microsoft agreements in that customers are required to have 250 pcs & the price discount set by the initial order. It “provides all-inclusive discounts for products & select services, and exclusive member offers”. Other benefits include:
This is designed to make it simple and affordable for educational establishments to use Citrix technologies, giving a 40% discount on any Citrix product. It requires an initial purchase of at least $20,000.
Definition of a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) student:
“One (1) full time equivalent (FTE) student is defined as either; one (1) student attending an educational institution on a full time basis, or, three (3) students attending the same educational institution on a part time basis.”
Note: Publicly funded educational institutions in EMEA & Brazil may use the “Government & Government Education License Agreement (GELA) Program instead.
This program is for Government organizations but as noted above, also applies to government funded education institutes in EMEA & Brazil.
With this you can “apply the same discount you receive for your first qualified purchase to any additional eligible Citrix product. Discounts apply for an initial period of two years, after which they may be renewed annually with an additional qualifying purchase”. It covers all software & hardware products & starts from 5 users.
Citrix offer a variety of licensing options in an effort to give customers the choice and flexibility needed in today’s workplace.
The Platinum edition includes a number of unique features including:
And more. See here for complete feature breakdown.
User Licensing – Aimed at dedicated desktop access:
Device Licensing – Aimed at people sharing desktops/devices:
Concurrent Licensing – Aimed at occasional and/or anonymous use:
User Licensing – Provides access to named users:
Concurrent Licensing – Licenses are assigned to each connection from a central pool
Feature Comparison between editions:
Fundamentals is the entry level product with features being added as you move up through the product levels to Platinum. Additional features include:
And more. For a full breakdown of the differences, see here.
The first thing to note is:
“All users/devices accessing the Citrix server need to be covered with a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) CAL”
So ensure you purchase the requisite number of CALs to go along with your Citrix use.
“Each machine accessing an application on the Citrix server must have an equivalent copy installed on the local machine.”
For example, if you have Office Pro 2010 on you Citrix server, devices licensed with:
may NOT access that central server.
Another key point that can make a big difference to software purchase choices, particularly for smaller organizations is this:
“Only Volume License copies of applications may be used in a Citrix (or RDS) environment”,
If Office is to be used in a Citrix/RDS environment, it must be purchased via:
Citrix & RDS environments add an extra layer of complexity to Microsoft licensing and the management of such assets, so it’s important to understand the rules and what you can do to keep control of your software licensing. A key point is this:
“Any device capable of accessing the Citrix/RDS server must be appropriately licensed for the application/s on that server.”
Microsoft’s application licensing is done on a “per-device” basis so things such as Group Policy are not sufficient for restricting access to applications, as they apply at a user – rather than a device – level. So if you “publish” the apps to 10 people via Group Policy, those 10 people could access it from any one of your 300 machines…meaning you’d need 300 device licenses to be compliant.
I have seen confusion around this point a number of times, even within Microsoft so be careful!
Appsense have a range of products for securing, enabling and managing virtualized desktop environments but it’s “Application Manager” that interests us most here.
“AppSense Application Manager uses secure kernel level filter drivers and NTFS security policies…A flexible and granular rule set enables the administrator to restrict access to applications by device name or IP address.”
One key thing to consider with any SAM process, when it comes to license management is, “Will Microsoft approve of it?”. Luckily, Appsense DO have the backing of Microsoft:
“Today’s IT organizations are constantly striving to lower the total cost of ownership of their infrastructure while getting the maximum value from their IT investment. With the onset of multiple delivery technologies, efficient software license management is a key component of today’s IT strategy. Microsoft acknowledge AppSense Application Manager as a solution that enterprises could use as part of software asset management to provide device-based license management in a Windows® Terminal Services, virtual desktop or virtualized streamed environment.” Sam Bramwell, Licensing, Anti-Piracy and SAM Audience Marketing Manager, Microsoft Limited
Making this product something that can be a key part of an organization’s SAM methodology.
[Editors Note: See also RES Software and this post from Brian Madden. If you have any other links or recommendations for Citrix please add a comment below. Thanks, Martin]