Protecode, an Ottawa-based provider of open source license management solutions, today launched the hosted version of its popular System 4™ open source scanning and license management solution. ProtecodeCloud™ is a Software as a Service (SaaS) code scanning tool that allows organizations to manage open source licenses and obligations in the cloud, without having to invest in infrastructure and costly upgrades.
Because it is a hosted solution, there is no software to install or update. Organizations sign up through Protecode’s secure website, and are given 30 day access to ProtecodeCloud to scan their code, detect open source components, and interact with the analysis reports. ProtecodeCloud is suited to any-sized organization, especially those that currently develop their software in the cloud. Organizations can take advantage of ProtecodeCloud in a public or private cloud setting.
With ProtecodeCloud, organizations can automatically create a software Bill of Materials (BoM) that includes a list of all open source and third party projects within their software. Reports on licenses, copyrights, license obligations, license compatibilities, security vulnerabilities, and export control designations are available with a single click. ProtecodeCloud is also the only product currently available that can read and create Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) standard files.
“It is important for us to have an understanding of the different licenses in our code base, and since we are moving more of our development into the cloud, it made sense to manage our licenses there too,” said Eric Kitchen, CEO, Toushay Inc., a leading provider of innovative solutions for enhancing customer experience and service through the use of fixed and roaming mobile applications. “ProtecodeCloud provides a quick and accurate way for us to uncover license obligations in our code base.”
ProtecodeCloud, along with the recently launched QuickAudit™, is part of Protecode’s overall drive to make open source compliance more accessible to organizations of all sizes worldwide. For organizations looking to implement a complete open source adoption and management process, the on-premises Protecode System 4 is available, complete with real-time license management and workflow approval options.