Why Networked Software Beats Out Standalone for Project Teams
Does your project team run its Autodesk software applications on their individual computers? If you’re still working in an environment where every individual is running software applications as standalone licenses, you may want to consider adopting a networked license approach to maximize efficiency within your organization.
Standalone vs. Networked
The Standalone environment consists of a situation where your software application runs on a single computer. This computer processes the application and maintains all data. Since a Standalone computer handles all data and the application, it should be a reasonably fast computer with adequate memory, processing speed, and disk space.
The Network environment is made up of two or more computers. These computers communicate with each other and share resources. The server houses data and handles data requests from individual computer workstations. These computers run independent of the server, in all respects, other than to request and send data to the server.
Benefits of Networking Your Autodesk Software
- Easier File Sharing: Networks offer a quick and easy way to share files directly. Instead of using a USB drive to carry files from one computer to another, you can share files directly within your network.
- Lower Software Costs: Autodesk software products are available for networks at a substantial savings, in comparison to buying individually licensed copies for all of your computers. An Autodesk network activation is only about 20% of the cost of a new standalone license.
- Easier Software Deployment: You load software on the file server, only, which saves time compared to installing and tracking files on independent computers. Upgrades are also easier because changes only have to be done once on the file server, instead of on individual workstations.
- Flexible Access: A network license supports the use of Autodesk products up to a maximum number of users or “seats”, connected to a server network. Products can be installed on as many computers as desired. However, at any one time, those products can only run on the maximum number of computers for the number of licenses purchased. Because you can install the products on more systems than the number of licenses purchased, you get true floating licenses across your entire organization.
- Increased Security: Specific directories can be password protected to limit access to authorized users. Files and programs can be protected from copying, so you don’t have to worry about the illegal license usage.
- Better Visibility: With network licenses, Autodesk Contract Managers or IT Administrators can see who is using the licenses and how much they are being used.
Which Option is Right for My Organization?
Standalone licenses are ideal for individuals or small offices requiring only a few individuals to access and use Autodesk products.
Network licenses are ideal for larger organizations, that require many individuals to access and use Autodesk software from multiple locations.
Now is the Best Time to Buy Networked Licenses
Autodesk is in the process of phasing out perpetual licenses of its software:
- For individual desktop software products, perpetual licenses will be sold until January 31, 2016. View a list of products affected
- For design and creation suite products, perpetual licenses will be sold until July 31, 2016. View a list of products affected
If you purchase a perpetual license by January 31, 2016 or a design and creation suite by July 31, 2016, you will continue to own and have full usage rights for that license. If you are on Maintenance Subscription for your perpetual license, you will receive software updates and corresponding benefits for as long as you continue to renew. You can renew your Maintenance Subscription for as long as you want.
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