A service for centrally managing software licenses across AWS and on-premises environments.
It gives you control and visibility into license usage, allowing you to limit licensing overages and reduce the risk of noncompliance and misreporting.
Supports a variety of licensing models:
Perpetual – lifetime license with no expiration date.
Floating – shareable licenses.
Subscription – license with expiration date.
Usage-based – license with specific terms based on usage.
Contains licensing rules based on enterprise agreements.
It consists of parameters and rules that change depending on the parameter values.
License rules determine how AWS handles commands that consume licenses.
Allows you to modify the number of licenses and usage limits.
You can use AWS RAM to share license configurations.
When a license configuration is deactivated, existing AMI or resources that use the license are unaffected, but license consumption is not tracked.
By scheduling periodic snapshots of license usage, you can track the history of license configurations.
Usage reports are published directly to an S3 bucket.
License configuration report – number of licenses consumed and license configuration details.
Resource report – tracked resources and license consumption.
License type conversion
You can also convert a license type without redeploying existing workloads:
AWS provided licensing
Bring Your Own License model (BYOL)
Using AWS CLI, you can change the tenancy of your instance to:
Host Resource Groups (Collection of Dedicated Hosts)
With Systems Manager inventory, you can also discover on-premises applications and attach licensing rules.
You can purchase a licenses from:
AWS Data Exchange
Direct from a seller with managed entitlements
License capabilities are captured as entitlements.
You need cross-region replication of license metadata for:
Each granted or seller-issued license and its associated information is automatically replicated to other Regions.
The user-based subscriptions enable you to purchase Amazon provided licenses for Microsoft Visual Studio with a per user subscription fee.
Only one member account per organization can be delegated as administrator.
In the settings, you can enable the following options:
Distribution of managed entitlements and license configurations
Cross-account inventory discovery
Displays the license consumption associated with each license configuration.
Shows alert results from license rule violations.
You can track licenses for the following resources:
AWS Systems Manager Managed Instances
Amazon RDS Oracle license
BYOL software from AWS Marketplace
Use AWS CloudTrail to capture calls from the License Manager console and API operations.
You can create licenses in AWS License Manager and distribute them through:
End users using an IAM identity
Digitally signed tokens generated by AWS License Manager
To sign and verify licenses, use the AWS KMS Sign and Verify API operations.
You can create an interface VPC endpoint to establish a private connection between VPC and AWS License Manager.
You are charged for AWS resources that you create to run your application.