Choosing between floating and node-locked licenses

Companies often face a challenge when choosing between floating and node-locked licenses. The two licensing models both handle the issue of setting a maximum number of machines that can use a license key at the same time. However, there are significant differences.

The main benefits of each model will be explained in this blog. You can also watch the following video on YouTube:

Floating and Node-locked licenses

For the node-locked licensing model, let us assume that your client uses your license key on Machine A and B. If you want to activate Machine C, you first have to deactivate either A or B.

Floating licenses instead allow you to put a constraint to only allow, for example, 10 machines to use the license at the same time. The client can then install the application on, for example, 100 machines, but only be able to have 10 machines use the license key at the same time.

Floating licenses are therefore better if you know in advance that your customer will be moving machines and the most important aspect for you is that they do not use the license on more than a set number of machines.

Node-locked licenses are then best if you know that a customer will only use the license on a specific set of machines, and given that they will not switch machines often.

We hope we have now answered the question “Choosing between floating and node-locked licenses”. For a more in-depth description of the two licensing models and a guide on how to implement them in practice, please read our documentation.

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