Licensing vs. Retail Packages
August 15, 2002 (D R A F T
*** D R A F T *** D R A F T *** )
This memo, based on an original email response
to a client, is neither comprehensive nor up-to-date on the subject.
Notably missing is licensing info for Microsoft and Dantz. Supplemental
info is currently existing in other notes available by request. Those
will eventually be consolidated into a revised memo.
Advantages of Corporate edition (SAV) licensing
vs Retail edition (NAV)
Less cost per seat to purchase at start
$40/$33 (10+/25+) vs $50 Retail (tho discounts could be found to match
the $40 price)
Less cost per seat to renew annually
(version upgrade + definition subscription)
$25.80/$20.80 (10+/25+) vs $30 for Retail
Retail version has absolutely no protection for servers, only desktop
Far Better features:
Managed, enterprise-level solution. Single point of monitoring,
reporting and management. Logical grouping and Multi-Level Enforcement
of updates and various policies. Able to initiate concerted
enterprise-wide virus sweep during incident response.
No hassle: A simple
1-line email to us and all paperwork is taken care of behind the scene.
You get a certificate directly from Symantec. You're automatically
registered with legal proof. You get verifiable 100% software license
Contrast that to the retail method:
Administrator physically walk up to each and every station, interrupt
the staff member from productive work. Enduring the long process of
clicking series of menus and wait for web pages. Paying for each
transaction by credit card, along with all the data entry. Recording all
the transactions. Keep in mind those out-sourced ecommerce servers are
over-burdened and often fail, requiring numerous retries, and
occasionally double-charge you, or succeed with the charge, but fail to
dispense the key number. A single customer service call could cost you
45 min plus of hold time and endless explanations. Once key number is
obtained, technical glitches might prevent you from applying it and
resulting in yet more support calls.
Microsoft Licensing Basics