Multi-Site Floating License
What is a "floating" license?
According to the terms of the HydroCAD license
agreement, a standard HydroCAD license must be assigned to a specific
physical location, and can be used only at that location. For customers
with multiple offices, this means they must purchase HydroCAD separately for
each office where it will be used.
A "multi-site floating license" is an alternate arrangement that allows all of a
customers licenses to be centralized, with the flexibility for each license to
"float", and be used at different offices according to demand.
Note: A multi-site floating license is not required to use HydroCAD on
additional computers at the same site. That capability is already
available under the standard HydroCAD license agreement.
A floating license pertains only to the use of HydroCAD at multiple locations.
What are the benefits of a multi-site floating license?
There are several benefits to a multi-site floating license, including:
|Centralized software management.|
|Ability to use licenses at different locations based on demand.|
|Maximum utilization of each license.|
|Possible reduction in the number of licenses required to serve multiple
|Quantity discounts for updates, support, and node expansion based on total
number of licenses. (Rather than discounting based on the smaller number of
licenses that might be pre-assigned to a given location.)|
What are the requirements of a multi-site floating license?
In order to qualify for a floating license, you must agree to the following
- You must hold a minimum of two (2) standard HydroCAD licenses for each location
where the software might be used. For example, if you want to float
licenses between 3 offices, you must own at least 6 licenses. And if you
want to add an additional location to the floating arrangement, you may have
to purchase additional licenses in order to continue to meet the 2-per-site
- You must maintain all licenses at the same version, node-capacity, and
support status. Note: You are not required to have the latest
version or be on a specific support plan, as long as all the licenses have
the same version and support. A minimum 20-node capacity is required for
a floating license.
- Any same site licenses must be upgraded to a
standard license before they can be part of a floating license.
- All licenses will be subject to consolidated shipping and billing.
(The software may be shipped/billed to a different address than where it is
registered, but all licenses will be processed together.)
How do I get started?
If you already have enough standard licenses to meet the 2-per-site
requirement, and they are all the same version and capacity, you can generally
convert to a floating license arrangement at no extra cost. If necessary,
you can purchase updates or
additional licenses in order to meet the program requirements. To check your qualifications please contact our
and submit a signed Floating License Agreement.
For a new HydroCAD purchase, you may request a floating license arrangement
by submitting a signed Floating License Agreement before your purchase.
For further details please see the
multi-site Floating License Agreement (PDF).