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December 04, 2012

IBM SmartCloud Offers ProteCode's Cloud-Based Open Source License Management Service

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

Open source license management solution provider, Protecode, has integrated its ProtecodeCloud product with IBM’s (News - Alert) SmartCloud, allowing organizations to incorporate license management into their cloud-based development environments.

Protecode on IBM SmartCloud is designed to give organizations a full overview of all third-party and open source content in their code base, along with the associated license and copyright information.

The hosted solution allows organizations to implement Open Source (News - Alert) Software (OSS) scanning and license management through any Web browser with a secure link.

Managing OSS licenses and ensuring compliance has become a necessary component of a quality development process, according to Kamyar Emami, COO at Protecode (News - Alert).

“Organizations involved in cloud-based application development are increasingly deploying open source solutions in order to accelerate development and lower costs, and managing those licenses and ensuring compliance has become a necessary component of a quality development process,” Emami said in a statement. “With ProtecodeCloud now part of the standard IBM SmartCloud offering, organizations can combine the power of IBM development tools with Protecode’s scanning solution with a simple click.”

Organizations can scan their code portfolio and automatically create software Bill of Materials. Users can obtain a list of all open source and other third-party projects, detect modified or unmodified OSS files in their projects, and interact with a variety of reports.

Scanning can be scaled on demand to fit the dynamic requirements of an organization, company officials said.

IBM users are able to initiate a Protecode instance through their existing SmartCloud account, acquire file credits from Protecode, and start scanning their code.

In addition, IBM SmartCloud users can generate reports on license obligations and license incompatibilities in their project, and consume and generate Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) files for their supply chain management. Organizations can also find security vulnerabilities, encryption package information, and Export Control Classification Numbers related to their corresponding open source packages.

Earlier this year, ProteCode expanded its presence in Europe through a new German distributor, Embedded Tools. With more than 20 years experience in the German market, Embedded Tools provides software development tools for embedded systems, giving customers the solutions they need to develop their products quickly and efficiently.

Protecode System 4 addresses license management at different stages of a software development process, implementing an end-to-end solution for a complete Open Source Software Adoption Process (OSSAP).

Edited by Braden Becker

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