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HP WebInspect Licence query

Hi All 

The WebInspect I am using is having a perpetual licence.(Hence it won't expire.)

I checked the licence info in WI and found the following- 

Maintenence Licence has expired.

Last Licence updated xx/xx/2016.

 

I have the below query - 

1. What are being covered in the maintenance licence? Does it include the payload updates? 

2. Related question- What will be the impact if I do not renew the maintenance licence. 

3. Last Licence updated xx/xx/2016 - Does it correspond to the tool procurement licence ? If yes, then does not it contradict the meaning of a perpetual licence? 

 

Thanks in advance! 

-Learner_7

 

 

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The Perpetual License will operate the product indefinitely, but because the license fields do not understand this concept, you should note that the expiration date is actually set to the year 9999.  The Maintenance Expiration is generally set to 1 year, although multi-year Renewal packs are available.  When the Maintenance expires on a Perpetual license, the product continues to operate but you can no longer receive update or Support.  It gradually becomes more and more out-dated.  As an ROI, it is superior to keep renewing the Perpetual license, since it has a cost spike in Year1 (license + Support) and then you only pay Support for every Year1+N after that.

 

1. What are being covered in the maintenance licence? Does it include the payload updates? 

The Maintenance/Support includes all updates to the attack database (SecureBase), as well as access to any new releases or patches, and the ability to contact Fortify Support for assistance.

 

2. Related question- What will be the impact if I do not renew the maintenance licence. 

Your WebInspect will remain frozen at the last version you had installed and with the last attacks database that you SmartUpdated prior to the Maintenance Expiration.  You may continue to use the product indefinitely, although it will become more and more out-dated.  You will not be able to contact Fortify Support for anything.

To renew, you may be able to pay for the missing year(s) of Support that would have occurred since the product Support expired and the current date, or pay for the product all over again.

 

3. Last Licence updated xx/xx/2016 - Does it correspond to the tool procurement licence ? If yes, then does not it contradict the meaning of a perpetual licence? 

This date should be 1 Year after your Renewal of the current license, not the original Purchase Date (unless this is the end of you first Year).  The product is still functional, but you will no longer be able to update it nor ask for support.  Multi-year bundles for Renewal may be available, although most customers renew annually.

 

 

As a comparison to the Perpetual model, the WebInspect Term license (sometimes referred to as "Consultant License"), has no separate Maintenance Expiration date nor additional Support fee.  The Term license is a little cheaper than the Perpetual license, but the Term license ceases to operate COMPLETELY when the Expiration date is reached.  At that time, you will not be able to get Support, updates, nor even open the product to retrieve your scan data and Reports.  The Term license is available for small time periods such as 1 month, 6 month, or 12 month.  It includes the Support fee and is slightly cheaper than the Perpetual model because it is meant for a Consultant who is using the tool to generate their own outsourcing business and not for their own company's applications.  This Term model is a worse ROI long-term when compared to the Perpetual model, and it requires the client files paperwork regarding their consultant status.


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