International Journal of Soft Computing and Software Engineering (JSCSE)
Cloud computing represents a major shift in information systems architecture, combining both new deployment models and new business models. Rapid provisioning, elastic scaling, and metered usage are essential characteristics of cloud services, and they require cloud resources with these same characteristics. When cloud services depend on commercial software, the licenses for that software become another resource to be managed by the cloud. This paper examines common licensing models, including open source, and how well they function in a cloud services model.