The aim of this knowledge base article is to provide some clarity around what is considered a SaaS based solution - from a licensing perspective - and what is not.
SaaS is rapidly becoming a popular model for making software accessible to end users with no or very little upfront cost. We want to make sure that when our customers utilise our software in SaaS based solutions they are licensed appropriately.
As described in the KB article about redistributing Muhimbi software, SaaS based solutions require an OEM license. So why is a SaaS license considered the same as an OEM license? Think about it as follows, if – rather than using a SaaS based model you would have sold a regular on premise deployment of your solution – your solution would have been deployed on your customers' in-house servers. Muhimbi’s, software would be accessed from these same servers. In this case you would be redistributing our software, requiring an OEM license. A SaaS based solution works the same, the main difference is that your product is not physically deployed to your customers' systems.
The textbook definition for "SaaS" or "Software as a Service" is a model of software deployment whereby a provider licenses an application to customers for use as a service on demand. This is a rather 'woolly' definition open to interpretation.
Interested in learning more about licensing Muhimbi products? Contact our Sales Team!