Video surveillance with Xeoma: comparison of hardware and soft keys, their pros and cons

Xeoma is the state-of-the-art software that adjusts flexibly to your needs and requirements. Depending on the environment, you can prefer either hardware or soft key for activation of your Xeoma. Read on to find out the difference between the two ways to get your licenses.

Soft keys – default representation of Xeoma licenses as a serial number, a combination of digits. This is how you get Xeoma licenses by default – choose the desired Xeoma license, purchase it and get a serail number to your email address.

Hardware keys are a device that looks like a USB flash drive, that has Xeoma license encoded inside. Insert that device into a USB port of the computer you want to have Xeoma activated on.
Hardware keys are mostly needed in situations when Xeoma is used on virtual machines that have no Internet access, or when licenses need to be transferred from one machine to another quite frequently.

Hardware and soft keys compared:

Soft key Hardware key
Form of representation Serial number (combination of digits) USB device
How to get Sent to an email specified during purchase Shipping to an actual address
How to use Activate the license (serial number) in Xeoma Insert the device into a USB port of the server
Moving licenses to other equipment Only when main equipment is out of order Free, at your disposal
Price Free
+ price of Xeoma license
$80 per 1 device
+ price of Xeoma license
Adding of additional licenses Possible, according to the Xeoma general summarization rules: purchase additional Xeoma licenses and activate them the same way Possible, according to the Xeoma general summarization rules: buy more hardware key devices and insert them into other USB ports
Advantage + Simple;
+ Instant delivery to email;
+ Can’t be broken, easy to restore if lost;
+ Stable work doesn’t depend on equipment stability;
+ Unlimited extension according to the Xeoma general summarization rules;
+ Free electronic delivery
+ Works on virtual and physical machines without Internet access;
+ Free transfer to other equipment
Disadvantages – Constant Internet access is required for work on virtual machines;
– Transfer to other equipment is permitted when main equipment is out of order
– Paid delivery and cost of the device;
– Prone to be broken, lost, stolen;
– Prone to run out of USB ports;
– Instability of USB ports can affect work of licenses

Default form of Xeoma licenses is soft key. To order hardware key instead, please contact us prior to purchase.