If you have been contacted by VMware, you need experienced counsel to protect your business. Scott & Scott, LLP is one of the only U.S. firms with a dedicated practice group focusing on representing companies in software-licensing audits initiated by VMware. Our lawyers have counseled many businesses in your situation. Our lawyers and technology professionals have the technical and legal skills necessary to vigorously fight for your interests against a VMware  audit.

Scott & Scott, LLP represents clients who are audited by Vmware.  Audited companies need to be familiar with the tools and queries that VMware’s team uses to conduct its investigation, including automated reports generated for virtualization environments and Active Directory queries.  Our lawyers and technology consultants are familiar with those tools and queries and with the methodologies used by VMware. We also have experience with the strategies used by VMware in negotiating audit resolutions. We can assist your company with all phases of the VMware audit process.

Companies with hosting operations, international datacenters, or other, atypical IT architectures in particular can face significant exposure during VMware audits. Our typical scope of work includes controlling the auditors’ data requests, analyzing findings, negotiating settlements, and evaluating current and prospective licensing needs. If you have any questions regarding VMware licensing obligations or audit processes, we can help.

Targets who receive audit-notice letters from VMware should treat such audit matters very seriously. It is important to know your legal rights and to protect your legal position throughout the VMware audit process.

In many cases, VMware demands a settlement payment calculated based on the MSRP of the allegedly unauthorized products installed on your network and may demand compensation for backward-looking maintenance and support.  The formulation of a settlement to resolve VMware audit findings can be VMware hotly contested issue.

When responding to VMware audit requests, you should work with experienced counsel to thoroughly investigate the software usage on your computers, protect yourself by requesting an agreement from VMware’s auditors regarding the use of the materials that will be produced in the audit, and negotiate a resolution geared toward ensuring future compliance.  Our lawyers and technology professionals can guide you through every step of the VMware audit process.