GFI LanGuard 2014 R2 (version 11.3), as well as future versions, have changed the licensing model to be subscription based. Versions of the product prior to this release used an SMA (Service Maintenance Agreement) model.
The reason for this change:
GFI Software wants to stress the value and importance of product updates for LanGuard as being integral to the product. Using a perpetual license with an expired SMA allowed the product to seemingly function, but stopped the product from receiving updates, and thus made using the product actual security vulnerability. This approach works against the spirit of the product.
- GFI LanGuard is not only a software application but a service that has to be continuously updated in order to provide protection.
- In previous versions, the product continued to work after SMA expiry (although the product updates were disabled) thus offering a false sense of security.
No pricing change:
- First-year subscription pricing remains the same as the previous main price.
- Subsequent years subscription price remains same as previous SMA price.
What happens when the subscription expires?
In LanGuard 2014 R2 (version 11.3) and later versions, if the subscription is not renewed, after 10 days grace period, the entire product vulnerability assessment and patch management functionality will not be available anymore and your network security will be in danger.
How does this affect the upgrade process?
If you currently use a valid license for LanGuard 2014 with a valid SMA, LanGuard 2014 R2 (version 11.3) and later will continue working with the same license for the remaining period of the SMA contract.
- If you are currently using a license for LangGuard 2014 with an expired SMA, you will need to ensure you renew your subscription before upgrading to LanGuard 2014 R2 (version 11.3)
- More information about subscription can be found on GFI LanGuard Pricing