Concurrent Licensing is a license model that enables a certain number of licenses to be shared between a group of users simultaneously. Typically, there is a larger number of “potential users”, and a smaller number of concurrent licenses available.

In concurrent licensing, the licensing engine limits the maximum number of users who can access the software product simultaneously. Once the maximum number of concurrent licenses is reached, no more users can check a license until a license is released.

The concurrent licensing approach allows a software vendor to implement a business model where it can sell licenses at competitive prices to companies that have for example 20 potential users, but only 10 of them will ever need simultaneous access.

For the end customer, this makes more sense in terms of cost and need. If you’re selling a B2B software product, you may want to consider concurrent licensing in order to offer a more flexible subscription plan where your customer only pays for what they need.

Depending on the licensing engine you use, you could also enable “over-usage” of concurrent licenses, which allows the maximum number of simultaneous licenses to be exceeded temporarily, with additional fees applying for this extra usage.

Floating licensing is another license model that is similar to concurrent licensing.

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