Affordable, Elastic, and Frictionless

A Game Changing Cloud-based Software Licensing Service

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Nephele introduces a first in the industry: an affordable enterprise class software licensing service for software companies that start small and grow. Start as low as US $195 per month and scale to under a penny per end user license, without impediments to your growth.



Nephele scales with your software business. Effortlessly scale your user license capacity without disruption as you refine your business model. Seamlessly upgrade to our OEM solutions when you outgrow Nephele.



Nephele is quick, frictionless, and self-service. You can set up a monthly credit card subscription within minutes with our self-service sign up. All upgrades, downgrades and account updates are self-service, effortless and instantaneous.

Enterprise Class, Multiplatform Solution

The Nephele software licensing service is available for native multi-platform Java and C/C++ on all major enterprise platforms. Nephele supports enterprise applications implemented in multi-platform C/C++ and native Java. Built-in platform support for C/C++ applications includes Linux, Windows, Mac OSX and Solaris 32/64-bit architectures.
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Hosted License Server: No Risk, No Operational Headaches

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Nephele is an internet-hosted software licensing service for enterprise ISVs and cloud service providers. A full range of capabilities including product activation, Internet-based floating licensing, enterprise license pooling and complex license configurations are available for both Internet-connected and disconnected systems. In addition to hosting all the necessary hardware, operating system and license server at a Tier 1 data center, Nephele includes services for managing license server uptime, setting up and managing license databases and services, and maintaining your license with Agilis.

Secure and Non-intrusive

Give your customer all the licensing freedom and flexibility you want – without risk to your revenue or inflicting operational overhead on you or your customer. Both your legitimate end customers and your operations team will appreciate Nephele’s frictionless automation and remote-control security capabilities. In addition to being non-intrusive, Nephele is also secure from license abuse. Some anti-piracy protection features include: system clock tamper detection, metered state rollback detection, license cloning by end customers, and much more. View the complete list of licensing security features.
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Low Cost without Sacrificing Functionality

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Nephele was created to relieve small businesses of the financial burden of licensing and monetizing their software from the very start, without compromising functionality and growth. By pricing the license server based on the number of concurrent active user licenses, startups can start with a low monthly payment and scale to a low cost per licensed user subscription. Virtually all the capabilities of Agilis’ high-end licensing solutions are available for Nephele customers at a fraction of the cost (Restrictions Apply). Nephele is amongst the lowest cost software licensing services, and at the same time Nephele offers the most comprehensive software licensing capabilities regardless of price.

More Licensing Models and Configurations than the Competition

With a single application integration, realize the widest range of licensing models including product activation, floating licensing, and enterprise license pools. With each licensing model, you can associate a wide range of parameters such as absolute / relative time limited licensing with grace and warning threshold, usage-based metered licensing, feature and leased licensing, and much more. See the full list of license models, parameters, and configurations.
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Auditing, Reporting, Analytics, and Real Time Alerts


Nephele provides comprehensive operational reports that enable you to track the current state of your licenses, such as expiring subscription licenses. All licensing and license administration activities are also captured in an audit trail that may be consulted to pinpoint specific actions by specific individuals as part of an audit, as well as to obtain historical and analytic reports for gaining insights into your business. To support proactive operations and sales opportunity management, Nephele includes a configurable rules-based real time alert system that can be used to alert sales representatives to trial-license activations and expiring licenses, and operations personnel to operations-level events such as attempted security breaches and capacity limits.

Nephele Software Licensing Service Details

Nephele is an elastic cloud-based monthly subscription software licensing service tailored to the needs of startups and small-business ISVs that develop and market Java and C/C++ applications, plug-ins and cloud services. The Nephele service is based on the Orion network licensing platform, and is hosted by Agilis at a Tier 1 data center.

As a startup or small-business ISV, Nephele enables you to fine-tune your capital outlay according to the stage of your product and company in your marketplace – as your product succeeds in the marketplace, you can seamlessly scale up the Nephele subscription plans and eventually transition to an OEM Orion license. At the same time, you do not have to compromise on the quality or functionality available with Nephele – virtually the entire gamut of Orion’s licensing capabilities, platform support and reporting and analytics capabilities that are utilized by leading medium and large ISVs are available to you – including but not limited to online and offline product activation, hosted floating licensing, enterprise pooling, and complex license configurations.


A small number of functionality restrictions and certain qualification restrictions apply.

Application types:

  • Desktop applications (Internet-connected / disconnected)
  • Server applications (multithreaded, multiprocess, clustered)
  • Plug-ins (desktop and server)
  • Cloud server applications
  • Enterprise desktop applications
  • Enterprise server applications

Application language / platform support:

  • Multiplatform C/C++ client libraries for 32/64-bit Windows on Intel, 32/64-bit Linux on Intel (Ubuntu, SUSE, Red Hat), 32/64-bit Solaris on Intel / SPARC, 32/64-bit Mac OS X Intel / PPC
  • Native multiplatform Java client library

License Models

  • Single-user desktop
  • Single-user server
  • Concurrent-user desktop
  • Concurrent-user server
  • Named-user product activation
  • Named-user floating
  • Hosted floating license
  • Anonymous-user product activation
  • Anonymous-user floating
  • Weighted-anonymous-user floating
  • Weighted-anonymous-user product activation
  • Composite license models

License Parameters and Configurations:

  • Absolute time limited with configurable grace and warning threshold
  • Relative time limited with configurable grace and warning threshold
  • Single trial license for anonymous product download sites
  • Metered / quota limited with configurable grace and warning threshold
  • Concurrent user limit
  • Automatic leased licensing with revocability
  • Composite, nested, recursive licenses
  • License sharing control
  • Enterprise license pools
  • Extensible client library functionality

Concurrent-license limits depend on the Nephele subscription package you purchase – please review the Try & Buy tab

  • Basic and extensible node locking
  • System clock tamper detection
  • Metered state rollback detection
  • Protection from license cloning by end customer
  • Audit trail of all licensing activities
  • Protection from client library spoofing
  • Protection from man-in-the-middle attacks (confidentiality, authentication, integrity, non-repudiation)
  • Public key encryption for secure network communication
  • Secure offline license activation / deactivation
  • Rules-based host access control

  • Operational and historical reports
  • Screen-viewable / downloadable / APIs / command line
  • Audit trail with configurable audit verbosity
  • Historical audit reporting
  • Rules-based real time event alerts
  • Historical aggregate audit reporting
  • Operational reporting
  • Operational aggregate reporting
  • Expiring-license reports
  • Expiring-license and activation real time alerts

Nephele is based on the Orion Network Licensing Platform. Learn how you can use Nephele for your licensing scenarios by viewing our videos and white papers.
We offer a number of Nephele subscription packages with the same functionality and different concurrent-license limits. You may subscribe to a package and later seamlessly upgrade at any time. View the different Nephele Software Licensing Subscription Plans.

All Nephele Licensing Plans Includes The Following Features

Requirements and Language Compatibility

Native multiplatform Java client library

Multiplatform C/C++ client libraries

Agilis-Hosted with guaranteed up-time

Comprehensive licensing security

Licensing Scenarios

Anonymous-user node-locked

Anonymous-user floating

Weighted-anonymous-user floating

Composite license models

Single-user desktop and server

Concurrent-user desktop and server

Named-user node-locked and floating

Concurrent user limit

Composite, nested, recursive licenses

License sharing control

Enterprise license pools

Hosted floating license

Absolute time limited with configurable grace and warning threshold

Relative time limited with configurable grace and warning threshold

Metered / quota limited with configurable grace and warning threshold

Single trial license for anonymous product download sites

Extensible client library functionality

Automatic leased licensing with revocability

Extensible license server functionality

Additional Features and Support

Real Time Alerts



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