AWS License Manager
User Guide

What Is AWS License Manager?

AWS License Manager makes it easier to bring your eligible software licenses from vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM to AWS to the cloud. You can manage your licenses centrally, across AWS and your on-premises environments. This gives you better control and visibility into the usage of your licenses, enabling you to limit licensing overages and reduce the risk of non-compliance and misreporting.

As you build out your cloud infrastructure on AWS, you can save costs by using bring-your-own-license (BYOL) opportunities. That is, you can repurpose your existing license inventory for use with your cloud resources.

License Manager reduces the risk of licensing overages and penalties with inventory tracking that is tied directly into AWS services. With rule-based controls on the consumption of licenses, administrators can set hard or soft limits on new and existing cloud deployments, stopping non-compliant server usage before it happens. A reporting dashboard provides ongoing visibility into license usage and assists with vendor audits.

License Manager integrates with Amazon EC2, allowing you to track licenses for the following resources:

Using License Manager along with AWS Systems Manager, you can manage licenses on physical or virtual servers hosted outside of AWS.

License Manager supports tracking any software that is licensed based on virtual cores (vCPUs), physical cores, sockets, or number of machines. This includes a variety of software products from Microsoft, IBM, SAP, Oracle, and other vendors.

You can use License Manager to track BYOL software obtained from the AWS Marketplace.

You can also use License Manager with AWS Organizations to manage all of your organizational accounts centrally.