BYOL (Bring Your Own License) licensing model
The BYOL model works on any OpenVPN Access Server, except the Amazon AWS tiered instance type that comes with a specification of the amount of connected devices allowed. With the BYOL model you can purchase a license key through our main website and activate it on your Access Server. These license keys are single-activation and lock to the system you activate it on, and unlock a certain amount of simultaneous VPN connections for the duration of the license key. When the license key expires, the license key disappears off the server. As explained below this licensing model is also available on Amazon AWS if you choose the BYOL type OpenVPN Access Server instance from the AWS Marketplace. The instances that specifically mention the amount of "connected devices" do not work with the BYOL licensing model but are instead billed directly through Amazon.
Amazon AWS tiered instances licensing model
On Amazon AWS Marketplace you can look for "OpenVPN Access Server". You'll see a number of results. One of these will simply be titled "OpenVPN Access Server". This Marketplace image is suitable for the BYOL licensing system as long as you do not use auto-scaling and do not change the instance type after activating a license key. If you do then the virtual hardware that the license key has locked to will change and the license key may become invalid. In such a case you will have to contact us through the support ticket system to request a license key reissue. With this licensing model you pay for the AWS instance itself and any license keys that you purchase through us and activate on your Access Server installation. If no license key is installed, the Access Server goes into a demonstration mode where all functions work without time limitations, but it will only allow 2 simultaneous VPN connections to be established. A license key unlocks more connections.
The other images for OpenVPN Access Server listed on AWS Marketplace will have an amount of "connected devices" specified. These function using the Amazon AWS tiered instance licensing model, and these are billed directly through the Amazon systems per the stated hourly charges. The costs are separated into software licensing costs and AWS instance costs. These are billed hourly. If you launch an OpenVPN Access Server (?? connected devices) type instance on Amazon AWS you will incur charges for the use of the software and charges for the use of the instance you've launched while the instance is actively running. If you stop the instance, you will stop incurring additional costs. It is therefore possible to use such a system on demand, or in other words to have an instance on cold standby ready to be launched when needed.
To see pricing information for this type of software license, see the Amazon AWS Marketplace OpenVPN Access Server tiered instances details. The price information will be mentioned clearly there for each of the prelicensed tiered instances. It is important to note that the costs to run an AWS instance itself is separate from the software licensing costs. So please do keep that in mind when calculating the total costs for running an Amazon AWS instance with a software license for OpenVPN Access Server.
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