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Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

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  • Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

    Hi Alpha Developers

    We purchased Alpha Anywhere (Developer, Application Server and Runtime) in June 2015. These were purchased as one off payment (perpetual).

    We intend to use only the Browser web application (NOT Mobile), development and Runtime components of Alpha Anywhere as we are upgrading our DesKtop and Web Application from Alpha Five V10.5.

    Questions:

    Will the Alpha Anywhere Application Server stop working without an annual subscription ?

    Do we stop getting security updates?

    Do we stop getting other updates ?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Kind regards

    Raj
    Last edited by neosys; 06-14-2018, 06:31 AM.

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    Re: Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

    You should contact your sales rep for the most correct answers applicable to your specific licenses. However, the older perpetual licenses (which are no longer offered) included a one year subscription for updates and perpetual use of those updates after the subscription expiration. This means that unless you have renewed, you will be limited to using the Alpha Anywhere release that was current in June of 2016. If you are using that release, or an older one, your software will continue to function. If you install a newer release, if will not run and you will need to reinstall an older release.

    Sales and marketing aside, I strongly urge you to ALWAYS run the latest release of the Application Server and all other software used by your applications. This is very important from a security standpoint as older releases may quite possibly be more easily exploitable by malicious attackers. There have been quite a number of security updates to Alpha Anywhere and third-party products which we rely on, including Windows itself, since 2015. It was a failure to stay up to date on new releases that lead to the Equifax breech that lead to the disclosure of the personal information of at least 145 million people.

    Lenny Forziati
    Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
    Alpha Software Corporation

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    • #3
      Re: Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

      Good advice from Lenny there. It's a shame Alpha don't provide security patches for old versions at no cost to the customer, but I can see why that might prove difficult given how they distribute the package.

      KIV you can only install up to the latest full release on your license, not any pre-release that may have been published between full releases

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      • #4
        Re: Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

        Originally posted by armasoft View Post
        KIV you can only install up to the latest full release on your license, not any pre-release that may have been published between full releases
        Just to clarify a bit - you cannot use a prerelease from after the latest official release if your subscription is expired. You can continue to use pre-releases from before that latest full release if desired. But in no way am I recommending that anyone does this - see my previous post regarding security.

        Lenny Forziati
        Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
        Alpha Software Corporation

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        • #5
          Re: Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

          Thank you Lenny for your response to the Alpha Five V12 licensing. Can you please clarify the following.

          Am I to understand from your response that Alpha Anywhere v12 purchased with a perpetual license needs to be upgraded to a subscription license in order to address any security flaws in Alpha Anywhere software. In other words perpetual version of Alpha Anywhere v12 is an unsupported (obsolete) product.

          Kind regards

          Raj

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          • #6
            Re: Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

            Hi Raj,

            You understand better current support model in version 12 when your read this post. Note also what happened to version 11.

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            • #7
              Re: Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

              Originally posted by neosys View Post
              Thank you Lenny for your response to the Alpha Five V12 licensing. Can you please clarify the following.

              Am I to understand from your response that Alpha Anywhere v12 purchased with a perpetual license needs to be upgraded to a subscription license in order to address any security flaws in Alpha Anywhere software. In other words perpetual version of Alpha Anywhere v12 is an unsupported (obsolete) product.

              Kind regards

              Raj
              You will need to contact your sales representative for the exact details specific to your license.

              Lenny Forziati
              Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
              Alpha Software Corporation

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              • #8
                Re: Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

                Hi Lenny

                Thank you for your response. As per your suggestion, I have passed these queries to my current sales contact at Alpha Software.

                Kind regards

                Raj

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                • #9
                  Re: Alpha V12 (Anywhere) Licensing

                  Originally posted by kkfin View Post
                  Hi Lennie,
                  Our subscription for V12 expired on 26 Jan., 2019, and as non-for-profit org, could not afford the ever increasing subscription rates (now AU $1600pa), so stop operating. (We started using A5 V7 (2007) when the cost and upgrades were only about $150 per shot, so it was affordable).

                  Does this mean we can continue to use V12 (as up to 26 Jan, Version 12.4.5.4.7, Build 5487) or not?

                  If not, what are our options? go back to V11?

                  Thanks
                  Chris

                  Included notes : You understand better current support model in version 12 when your read this post. Note also what happened to version 11.

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