Sitecore Consumption License Model

Did you know that Sitecore currently offers two types of license models to its customers?  The perpetual license model and the consumption license model.  In this blog post, we'll take a look at the two license models and hopefully point you in the right direction in determining which model is best for you.

The License Models

The perpetual license model is a traditional licensing model that most of us are probably already familiar with.  In this model, licenses are based on installation.  Once you have purchased the license, it's yours, and it's good forever.  There is a separate fee for maintenance and support.

The consumption license model is a more modern licensing model, one that some may not be as familiar with.  In this model, licenses are based on visits to the site.  You pay as you go.  One fee for licensing, maintenance, and support...

So, what does this mean for me? 

Which license would work best for me?  Let’s take a look at some scenarios.

Scenario 1 - Total costs

If cost incurred, based on estimated traffic, from the consumption based license model is lower than the upfront cost of purchasing the necessary licenses for each installation, you may want to consider going with consumption licenses.

Scenario 2 - Accounting/Budgetary constraints

If capital expenditure is more desirable than operating expenditure, then you should consider the perpetual license model.

Scenario 3 - Flexible Infrastructure

If you're solution is cloud based or is on prem with a need to spin up servers to meet increase traffic, then the consumption model may be the license model to look into.

What's next?

Above were just a few scenarios to give you a basic idea of which license model may be best in a given situation.  Understandably, real world scenarios are not so trivial, and each situation is unique.  If you would like assistance in determining the right licensing model for your specific situation, please contact (Western Region) or (Central and Eastern Regions).  We’re happy to help.