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Free SEM license for Home Use (Home Lab, Sandbox Lab)

Free SEM license for Home Use (Home Lab, Sandbox Lab)

We use SEM in the corporate world.  All good and fine.

We'd love to see a free Home-Use (think Home Lab, or even Sandboxed Lab) license, that will allow us to have all the features we love at work, in our home environments; to play with writing our own connectors, rules, alerts, etc.

Benefits to a free Home-Use, Home Lab, Sandbox Lab license:

First off, this would benefit us as it would be free, and something that we know and like.  Our homes are becoming increasingly "busy and complex" with various network and WiFi devices, network equipment, NAS, Hypervisors, etc.  Having the exact same interface and experience at home would be fabulous for our work lives, as it would allow us to do our playing at home, then implement like-solutions at work.

Secondly, from a marketing perspective, it would benefit SolarWinds; as it helps engrain the product into our daily lives, thereby extending our "I like SEM and want to see more of it at work" discussions.

As for limitations, we sure hope there are no limitations on functionality.  But it could be limited to the number of nodes reporting, something that would be high enough to use in even a very heavy home environment, but small enough to limit those that my try to take advantage and use in a very small SMB.

Thoughts?

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Level 12

I would think that every solarwinds product would be great to have "free" for something like half of the smallest license.  so for SEM the smallest license  is 30 devices and lists at $4665.

So if the license was just free with no conditions for up to 15 devices but also with no support. I am sure they would lose some profit to people who would have purchased it, but have less than 15 devices (call this group A).  On the flip side, they would have a number of people who would install it and use it for free that would never have even touched it.  Some number of those people would outgrow the "free" license (Call this group B).  Would the Group B be equal or larger than Group A?

I might or might not use it at home... but ...  I don't currently have SEM, even though I have 8 other licensed solarwinds products at work.  I would be one of the people who would install it on my production setup and use it for a small select devices if it was free, but I have no intent of paying for it.  It's possible that at some point in the future I would start using it more until I outgrew the free license, where otherwise I would never get hooked on it, I will just work around it with other tools I already have.

It's also more than Group A vs Group B.  As you mentioned, some would use it for small home networks, and their familiarity with the product would lead to future business purchases.  Unfortunately all of this would be very hard to measure.

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Level 12

Sounds good, would like to see that as a lab/home use. Limiting the number of nodes would be fine, don't need too many for testing.

Level 8

I like this idea! I vote yes! Please vote for my request: https://thwack.solarwinds.com/t5/SEM-Feature-Requests/Need-Sound-in-HTML5/idi-p/596409