TinyTERM Licensing Options
Century Software has two forms of licensing for product use:
- Pay once for the life of the product.
- If a new version is released within 30 days of purchase, upgrade for free.
- Annual maintenance contract available for 18% of initial license cost.
- Lower initial cost.
- Annual subscription covers all new releases, enhancements and patches.
Century offers a number of means of software product licensing, some which may better fit the deployment requirements than others. The following is a clarification of available license types.
A single-device license allows the software to be installed and operated from only one desktop PC or one mobile device.
Per-device software licensing requires a license per user device that is using or accessing that software.
The Per-server software license requires a license for each server running the software.
The Multi-User License allows the use of the software product on a given number of separate workstations, desktop PCs or mobile devices. A single license key is supplied which allows operation on the given total number of separate devicess. This same key is used for installation on each of the devices, regardless of whether it is pushed from an installation server or MDM, installed manually on each device, or installed through some other method. A Multi-User license does not allow the software to be installed on or run from a server. A concurrent license is required for that case (see Concurrent Licensing).
Concurrent licensing is designed for Citrix or Microsoft Terminal Server environments, also known as thin client environments. In these environments, applications are centrally installed and managed on the server(s). Users access a server through a fat or thin client, and the application is displayed on the client, while running on the server.
A concurrent license key is required for each server, each specifying a maximum concurrent user count, which allows that many simultaneous users to run the software. In an environment with multiple servers, a license would be required for each server, keyed to the number of simultaneous users accessing each specified server.
Starting with version 4.64, a Server license key is required in order for TinyTERM to run on a Windows server, including Citrix and Microsoft Terminal Server. The key includes a user count, and automatically audits concurrent terminal emulator access running on that server.
Upgrades and Maintenance
Upgrade Licensing allows a one-time permanent replacement of the in-use version of a product to Century's current version, for products not covered under an ongoing maintenance agreement.
Maintenance Licensing Agreement
Century's yearly maintenance plan agreement allows technical support, access to upgrades, new version releases, prioritized bug fixes, and requested feature enhancements free of charge during the plan term.
To protect an organization from the future higher costs of upgrading, maintenance coverage is priced at a significantly lower price than upgrade pricing. Century's maintenance program offers any and all releases, updates, patches and fixes that are released within the period of maintenance coverage free of charge, providing a significant savings compared to upgrade costs when Windows, iOS or Android operating systems or security requirements change.
Currently, there are many security enhancements and updates that Microsoft and other operating system vendors make regularly to improve their products. This requires Century to update products on a regular basis for compatibility. These updates traditionally occur about every six months.
Subscription licensing allows a company to obtain a product use license and maintenance coverage at a much lower initial cost, with a subscription license fee paid annually. Subscription licensing is renewed yearly at the same cost, and also allows adding or subtracting users, as well as receiving new versions and upgrades without incurring capital expense or negotiating any contract. It offers the flexibility to meet organizations needs for ever-changing environments easily. Century's discounted subscription license pricing meets ongoing terminal emulation needs with the lowest overall cost.
Subscription license benefits
- One low annual cost covers product use licensing, support and version upgrades
- Quantities can be increased or decreased to match changing requirements
- Eliminates large capital expenditures, replaced with a lower-cost subscription expense
- Ideal for organizations requiring a fully supported terminal emulation solution, future-proofed against Windows updates, security fixes or changing government-mandated access requirements
The subscription cost includes:
- Concurrent or multi-user product use license
- Consolidation and replacement of other vendor's licenses
- Ongoing security updates
- Compatibility with all future Microsoft Windows OS upgrades
- Special enhancement requests
- Regular version upgrades, new releases, fixes and patches
- Full technical support
There are significant differences between maintenance licensing and subscription licensing, although they seem similar. With subscription licensing, organizations get the benefits of maintenance plus a product use license. If not renewed, the licenses will expire, and the product will stop working on the expiration date.
Although maintenance coverage also expires, organizations with multi-user or concurrent licenses will experience continued operation of the product after the maintenance coverage has expired.