OpManager Plus Licensing Model

OpManager Plus follows a device-based licensing model. The pricing depends on the following factors

  • Number of devices to be monitored
  • Number of interfaces to be monitored ( for flow & bandwidth analysis )
  • Number of firewall devices to be monitored ( Firewall log & analysis )
  • Number of devices for configuration management
  • Number of IP addresses and switch ports to be monitored

All the components of the device such as interfaces, ports, disks, and performance metrics will be included by default. This is beneficial to the users since they don't have to purchase separate licenses to monitor interfaces, disk volume and other components of a device.

Now, let us see a sample calculation which shows how OpManager Plus's licensing works.

Requirement:

To monitor 50 network devices; perform bandwidth and flow analysis for 15 interfaces; perform config. management for 15 devices; monitor 1 firewall, 250 IPs and 250 switch ports

Each network device has 10 interfaces and every device and interface has 5 performance metrics to be monitored.
Total no. of devices: 50
Total no. of interfaces: 10x50 = 500
No. of sensors (performance metrics for interfaces): 500 x 5 = 2500
No of sensors ( bandwidth and flow monitoring for interfaces ): 15x5 = 75
No of sensors ( for config. tracking and management ): 15
No of sensors ( for firewall management ): 1
No of sensors ( for IP address and switch port management ): 250+250 = 500
No. of sensors (performance metrics for devices): 50 x 5 = 250
Total no. of sensors = 2500+75+15+1+500+250  = 3341

In OpManager Plus, you need just 1 license for the per device / interface / switch port on which the operation ( network monitoring / bandwidth monitoring / firewall management / config management / IPAM ) is being performed.

This model of licensing in OpManager Plus ( based on per-device / per-interface ) helps you save your IT budget by enabling you perform IT Operations Management with the least possible license. All other factors / parameters ( performance monitors, interface traffic monitor etc ) will be included in that license.. 

Pay for one and monitor plenty!

OpManager Plus's pricing can be rightly termed as "pay for one and monitor plenty!" as it is affordable and gives the flexibility to users to monitor any number of interfaces, disk, and performance metrics present in a device. Check out the full Info-Tech report and find how transparent OpManager Plus's pricing and licensing model is.

FAQ

1. How is OpManager Plus's pricing different or affordable when compared to other vendors in the market?

OpManager Plus offers device-based license that helps you monitor any number of interfaces and performance metrics in a device.  Whereas, other vendors in the market follow either element-based or sensor-based license model.
Let us say, you have a requirement to monitor 50 network devices; perform bandwidth and flow analysis for 15 interfaces; perform config. management for 15 devices; monitor 1 firewall, 250 IPs and 250 switch ports

Total no. of interfaces: 10x50 = 500
No. of sensors (performance metrics for interfaces): 500 x 5 = 2500
No of sensors ( bandwidth and flow monitoring for interfaces ): 15x5 = 75
No of sensors ( for config. tracking and management ): 15
No of sensors ( for firewall management ): 1
No of sensors ( for IP address and switch port management ): 250+250 = 500
No. of sensors (performance metrics for devices): 50 x 5 = 250
Total no. of sensors = 2500+75+15+1+500+250  = 3341

In OpManager Plus, you need just 1 license for the per device / interface / switch port on which the operation ( network monitoring / bandwidth monitoring / firewall management / config management / IPAM ) is being performed. and everything else will be included within that license.

Element-based licensing model: In element-based licensing, an element can be a Node, Interface or Volume. Each of these entities is counted and the type of element having the highest count will be used for licensing purposes. This tends to be costlier than device-based license, since users have to pay for every single element and the elements get exhausted real quick. For the same requirement stated above, you have to purchase a license for 500 interfaces in an element-based licensing.

Sensor-based licensing model: In sensor-based licensing, every aspect which is required to be monitored on a device, such as the CPU load on a machine, a port of a switch, a specific URL or the traffic of a network connection will be considered as a sensor. This is disadvantageous since it does not give the users enough flexibility while monitoring. For the same requirement stated above, a user has to purchase license for 2750 sensors in a sensor-based licensing model.

Therefore, OpManager Plus's pricing is more affordable than other vendors and it also provides all the functionalities at that price.

2. Does OpManager Plus offer any unlimited license similar to other vendors?

OpManager Plus does not offer unlimited packs. But with a license purchased for devices, any number of interfaces, disks, ports etc., can be monitored in those devices. Although other vendors offer unlimited license, they have a technical scalability. Beyond that limit, either they ask you to add additional polling servers or purchase a separate license.

3. Some vendors offer sensor-based licensing. How it is different from OpManager Plus ? 


In sensor based licensing, every aspect which is required to be monitored on a device, such as the CPU load on a machine, a port of a switch, a specific URL or the traffic of a network connection will be considered as a sensor. For example, if you have 100 network devices with 3000 performance metrics to be monitored, a license for 3000 sensors is required if you opt for a sensor-based licensing.
However, in OpManager Plus, license for 100 devices is sufficient to cover all the monitors and disc volumes.

4. Are additional software required while purchasing a license in OpManager Plus?

OpManager Plus comes with a free inbuilt PostgreSQL DB. This helps to scale more devices than the SQL express DB and no third party software is required. However, the MSSQL database provided by other vendors have a limitation of 10GB per DB which probes users to buy additional software.

5. What are considered as devices?

Routers, switches, firewalls, load balancers, wireless LAN controllers, servers, VMs, printers, storage devices, and everything that has an IP and is connected to the network is considered as a device.

6. Right now, I am using a 100 device pack, so if I upgrade to a 250 device pack, should I pay for the entire pack or just the difference?

While upgrading from one pack to another, a user is required to pay only the difference and it is not required to pay the entire price during the upgrade.

7. What is the AMS cost and is it published?


OpManager Plus follows a transparent pricing policy where the perpetual cost and AMS is publicly displayed. We charge 20% of the license cost as the AMS. Whereas, some vendors do not publicly disclose their AMS. Moreover, they trick customers by giving discounts, but in fact charge the actual licensing cost for AMS, instead of the discounted price.


 

 

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