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 of Xeoma license
|$80 per 1 device
+ price of Xeoma license
+ (optional) price of express delivery
|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: purchase additional Xeoma licenses and activate them offline in Xeoma|
+ Instant delivery to email;
+ Can’t be broken, easy to restore if lost;
+ Stable work doesn’t depend on equipment stability;
+ Free electronic delivery
+ Works on virtual and physical machines without Internet access;
+ Easy 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;
– Takes time to deliver;
– Prone to be broken, lost, stolen – cannot be restored;
– Prone to run out of USB ports;
– Instability of USB ports can affect work of licenses
– Not working on Arm-based processors* and Android/IOS devices
*Starting from version 21.3.4 hardware keys work under Linux ARMv7 and Linus ARMv8.
Default form of Xeoma licenses is soft key.
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The hardware key does not sum up with other licenses. Older licenses cannot be used as a hardware key. You can bundle licenses if both licenses are assigned to the same USB-device or different ones. You can also overwrite licenses from two USB-devices on one if the keys are used on one server. The hardware key does not work on Arm-based processors and Android/IOS devices.
It is impossible to restore the hardware key in case it gets lost, damaged, or made impossible to use in other ways. If you’ve lost your hardware key, you will need to purchase a new key with a new license. Your lost hardware key license cannot be restored.
Note: The regular delivery method (EMS) takes around 20 days to deliver the hardware key to you. With express delivery by UPS (select “EXPRESS DELIVERY” when inputting data for delivery), the average delivery time is 3 days. Express delivery option is paid extra.
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