VMS Annual License Fees - Love 'Em or Hate 'Em?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 13, 2012

Extortion or Essential? It is common to hear integrators use both term when describing VMS software maintenance licenses / recurring software upgrade fees. While these types of fees, often 15%-20% or the purchase price each year, are well established in mainstream IT, they are less common for physical security market. In this note, we dig into integrator survey results, examining trends and positions about these controversial costs.

[Update: Our take on why VMS annual license fees are unfair.]

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