EMA Impact Brief
Pervasive Introduces Cloud-Hosted Data Metering: Precise Data Usage Measurements for Cloud ISVs and Enterprise Chargeback
Date: 01/24/2013 Length: 4 pages Cost: $25.00

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Pervasive Software Inc. (NASDAQ: PVSW,, (Pervasive), recently announced an innovative solution for metering and reporting database usage on a very granular level. Pervasive UseaBiLLity introduces a new level of precision to usage-based pricing for Cloud service providers and, potentially, enterprise IT as well. 

Officially unveiled on December 18, 2012 and initially aimed at Software as a Service (SaaS) Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Pervasive UseaBiLLity provides metering metrics based on MySQL database access. The resulting data can be applied to a wide variety of use cases, including billing, intelligent provisioning, capacity planning, and similar usage-based activities. Via a Cloud-based control system communicating with a database plug in, Pervasive customers receive fine-grained usage data enabling them to bill based on actual usage, as opposed to more traditional subscription and enterprise licensing models.  

This solution also presents an opportunity for Pervasive to engage in partnerships with Cloud vendors in adjacent markets. Usage-based metrics can provide new revenue opportunities for companies engaged in Cloud-based billing, for example, and introduce a new level of billing precision for SaaS-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Enterprise Management vendors, to name a few. 

The introduction of this service also has significant implications for enterprise CIOs who, until the introduction of this product, had few options for accessing hard metrics supporting chargeback based on end user consumption of IT resources.

Julie Craig

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