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FAST to investigate Virtualisation Licensing

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has brought together some of its most important members in a bid to find out how virtualisation could impact on software licensing.

Virtualisation is widely regarded as the next big thing in the corporate world as it would allow substantial increases in efficiencies and consolidations, which would lead to non-negligible cost savings.

Together with Multicore technology, virtualisation changes the way licensing is done as the concept of uni-core physical machines gradually becomes obsolete.

FAST however is more interested in making sure that virtualisation should not hamper revenues and warns businesses that they might become white collar criminals if they did not understand the issue of non-compliance.

The Register reports (opens in new tab) that "according to the FAST CEO John Lovelock, the virtual environment is virtually out of control and he says software vendors should consider processes and controls that could lock down proper usage."

Back in August, Oracle had revealed that it found it too complicated to come up with a licensing method that takes Virtualisation into consideration as it does lead to a potential loss in revenue.

Microsoft on the other hand is wholeheartedly embracing Virtualisation and its challenges.

It has made Virtual PC 2007 free for whoever wants to experience Virtualisation on the Windows Platform and has just announced that it would be giving free Windows XP SP2 images.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.