Can you help me with my software licensing question?
I am in the process of setting up my company's applications on Cloud. Some apps run on a fully LAMP stack with Opensource (community versions). So we dont run into any licensing issues. But there are some key applications that use Proprietary software like WebSphere, Oracle DB (10gR2), MS SQL 2005 and so on.
How are licenses obtained while running such software on cloud environments ? Am I allowed to restore an image with licensed software in as many VMs ? I guess not.
Please throw some details on the licensing issues, models and other things to keep in mind while using proprietary commercial software on Cloud environments.
Also, if I use managed Hosting with a provider (like Rackspace etc), is it still considered a Cloud (for licensing purposes) ? I presume that in the case of managed hosting, the licensing model would be same as in the "On premise" scenario.