Understanding Microsoft Licensing: What You Need to Know
In today’s business environment, technology plays a crucial role in helping businesses stay competitive. Microsoft is a giant in the technology world, offering a broad range of software products that businesses use to manage their operations. However, obtaining the right licenses for Microsoft products can be a complex and challenging process. If you are trying…Read More
What are the licensing implications of deploying Microsoft products in hybrid environments?
Deploying Microsoft products in hybrid environments, where a combination of on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure is used, can introduce complexities in terms of licensing compliance and cost optimization. Here are some key licensing implications to consider when deploying Microsoft products in hybrid environments: License Mobility Microsoft License Mobility is a feature that allows certain eligible software…Read More
Microsoft SPLA: benefits, drawbacks, and negotiation tips
Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) is a licensing program that allows service providers to offer Microsoft software as a service to their customers. This includes software such as Windows Server, SQL Server, SharePoint, and Exchange Server. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of the Microsoft SPLA program and provide some…Read More
What is the role of Microsoft License Mobility in moving licenses between on-prem and cloud environments?
Microsoft License Mobility is a Software Assurance benefit that plays a crucial role in allowing organizations to move eligible licenses between on-premises and cloud environments without incurring additional licensing costs. License Mobility simplifies the transition to cloud-based solutions and promotes flexibility in deploying Microsoft applications. The key aspects of Microsoft License Mobility include: TLDR Microsoft…Read More
What you need to know about the Microsoft Product Terms document
The Microsoft Product Terms document is a comprehensive guide that outlines the licensing terms and conditions for Microsoft software products. It provides information on licensing models, pricing, and product use rights, among other things. In this blog post, we will discuss the Microsoft Product Terms document and its importance for organisations that use and invested…Read More
History of Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft SQL Server, commonly known as Windows SQL Server, is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft. It has become one of the most widely used database management systems globally. In this blog post, we will discuss the history of Windows SQL Server and how it has evolved over the years. The first version…Read More
Microsoft Open Agreement: benefits, drawbacks, and negotiation tips
Microsoft’s Open License Agreement is a popular licensing program that enables businesses to purchase Microsoft software licenses in a flexible and cost-effective manner. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of the Open License Agreement, as well as provide some negotiation tips for businesses looking to make the most of this program.…Read More
Microsoft CAL Suite Licenses Explained
A CAL Suite is a single license that provides access rights to multiple Microsoft products and services, reducing the number of licenses you need to keep track of. CAL Suites can be licensed on either a per-user or per-device basis, making it easier to manage access rights for your team. In addition, CAL Suites may…Read More
Licensing Q&A: Why does Microsoft use different licensing models?
Microsoft uses different licensing models to cater to different organizations’ varying needs and budget constraints. Different organizations have different requirements for their software, including the number of licenses they need, the type of licenses they prefer (perpetual or subscription), and the level of support they require. By offering a range of licensing models, Microsoft can…Read More
Microsoft Flexible Virtualization Benefit – What you need to know
In Oct 2022, Microsoft revamped its licensing policies by integrating new options for outsourcing software management under the Flexible Virtualization Benefit (FVB). This feature expands the rights to deploy software on Authorized Outsourcers’ servers, whether shared or dedicated, as long as the customer holds subscription licenses or active Software Assurance. As per the terms governing…Read More
Microsoft Enterprise Agreement: benefits, drawbacks, and negotiation tips
The Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) is a volume licensing program designed for organizations with more than 500 PCs or users. The EA provides organizations with a single, comprehensive agreement for purchasing, deploying, and managing Microsoft products and services. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks of using the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement,…Read More
Microsoft 365 licensing guide
Microsoft 365 is like the ultimate tech bundle for companies. It’s licensed per user and includes goodies like Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. There’s two options for info workers (E3 and E5) and two options for firstline workers (F1 and F3). Basically, Microsoft 365 gives employees everything they need to…Read More
Licensing Q&A: What is Microsoft 365?
Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based service offered by Microsoft that provides a range of productivity, collaboration, and security tools for businesses and individuals. It includes a combination of cloud-based services, such as Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. The components of Microsoft 365 include: Microsoft 365 also includes a number of other…Read More
Microsoft System Center 2022 licensing guide
Microsoft’s System Center 2022 is bringing all the cool cloud tech to your datacenter, so you can easily manage even the most complex environments. With tons of monitoring options, automatic provisioning for both hardware and virtual machines, and top-notch automation and configuration management, System Center 2022 is making datacenter management a breeze. If you enjoy…Read More
Introduction to Microsoft Core licensing models
If you’re new to Microsoft licensing one of the most basic concepts you need to learn about is understanding the Core licensing model. It’s Microsoft preferred metric for measuring computing power and keeping things consistent across different environments. Like, whether you’re using physical servers, virtual machines, or the cloud, core-based licensing has got you covered.…Read More
Licensing Q&A: How do I determine which Windows Server edition is more economical?
If you have a hard time trying to figure out whether to go for the Standard or Datacenter edition of Windows Server, and you wanna know which one is more economical? It all comes down to the number of cores on your server and the number of Operating System Environments (OSEs) or Windows Server Containers…Read More
Microsoft Windows Server 2022 licensing guide
Want to know the ins and outs of Windows Server 2022 licensing? Look no further, because this guide is here to break it down for you. Just keep in mind that this guide is for informational purposes only and doesn’t replace any official documentation on Windows Server 2022 licensing. For all the nitty-gritty details on…Read More
Microsoft Volume Licensing guide
If you’re looking to license Microsoft products for your organization, it’s important to understand the different Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements available. Each agreement offers a unique set of benefits, and choosing the right one for your business can help you save money and maximize the value of your investment in Microsoft technology. Here’s a quick…Read More
Microsoft 2023 price update
Microsoft has announced plans to implement “price harmonization” in 2023, which involves bringing local currency pricing in line with US dollar pricing to provide “more consistent pricing” for customers. This move will likely also prevent organizations from purchasing in regions other than their primary location (something that used to be a cost-saving tactic in some…Read More
Licensing Q&A: How do you license SQL Server 2022 in containers?
SQL Server can be used on Linux and Docker platforms, which means you can run it in containers using Docker. Containers are a way to run multiple isolated apps on a single system. They’re generally lighter and faster to start/stop than virtual machines, which provide more isolation and require more resources. For licensing, a container…Read More