By Vidhya Natarajan, Senior Associate, Product Marketing at Vembu Technologies
December 14, 2012

Vembu Online Data Backup Expert Tips: StoreGrid’s Simple and Flexible Licensing

StoreGrid unifies physical and virtual backups, and includes integrated disaster recovery, and replication technology while offering an  innovative range of  backup and DR solutions designed to adapt to any business, large or small, to easily protect increasing amounts of data, in either virtual, physical, or combined environments and rapidly recover complete virtual machines, systems, applications, databases, files/folders, and even granular objects in minutes. StoreGrid’s client-based licensing model allows you to scale up an unlimited number of clients or application plug-ins.

Vembu’s StoreGrid license units are called MCAL or Monthly Client Access License and are managed by the backup server. The License management interface in StoreGrid can be accessed by navigating to Server Admin>License Management.

The entire license management is done by the backup server. The clients connecting to the backup server consume MCALS. Administrators can add any number of license keys to the backup server license pool. The clients connecting to the backup server will automatically consume MCALS as and when they connect. As the license pool in the backup server gets depleted, more licenses can be added to it.

StoreGrid MCALs can be used across operating systems. There are no operating system specific MCALs.  License credits can be held in the MCAL “bank” in the backup server which contains details of the total number of MCALs held, utilized and balance available for assignment to various computing devices. The utilization information includes details such as date of assignment, Client name, MCAL used per OS type, Client device/Plugin type, Server from which MCAL has been assigned, customer name if client belongs to a group and so on. The licenses are debited as they are assigned to client machines (whatever the operating system or device—desktop, laptop, server etc). If the user discontinues a client installation or changes the operating system, the unused portion of the license can be reassigned to the device with the changed operating system or the new device.  So long as the user has a monthly credit of MCALs, the Administrator need not worry about licensing. Email Alerts are generated when there is a shortage of licenses.

Fig. 1

A backup server will accept backups from clients only if MCAL credits have been added in the backup server. Any number of MCAL “keys” can be added to a backup server. All the license generation is done from the Partner portal. The MCAL key is a 16 digit key that is provided via Email and must be copied and pasted by the user into the relevant text boxes on the Add MCAL interface. The number of MCAL licenses that can be supported by a single Key is embedded in the key itself. Each Key generates a random verification code which must be matched with the information in the embedded MCAL key.

Fig. 2

MCALs do not have usage time limits. Any number of MCALs can be purchased and stored in the server anticipating requirements. Newly purchased MCALs can be added to the total available MCALs by navigating to Add MCALs under License management and updating the credits. The 30 day clock begins to tick the moment the MCAL is assigned to the client device.

MCAL usage reports can be viewed by Client name or by Server name using the appropriate filters. MCAL usage history can be viewed or exported to a CSV file by clicking on the CSV link at the top of the MCAL Utilization history page.

About the Author: Vidhya Natarajan is a Senior Associate, Product Marketing at Vembu Technologies, a leader in providing cost effective, hybrid (on-premise and cloud) data protection and business focused online backup and disaster recovery solutions for ISPs, MSPs, VARs, Managed Hosting Providers and Educational Institutions. Vembu’s flagship product, StoreGrid, an award winning cloud solution has delivered tangible value to over 3,500 partners worldwide.


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