This is NOT automatically granted. An independent audit is time-consuming, frequently adversarial and in most cases expensive. Check it out here. All products that are currently eligible for “License Mobility within Server Farms” and covered by Software Assurance are eligible for License Mobility through Software Assurance. Ability to use SPLA licenses in the public cloud for different Microsoft products is granted by DCP Eligible property in Service Provider Use Rights (SPUR) document, which is specified as SAL Editions only for Windows Server and SQL Server. License mobility in its simplest terms is a software assurance benefit. Love to hear about your offering. You should have seen the look on everyone’s face as they made the announcement; almost hear the thoughts running through their minds “Wait a minute, this wasn’t legal before this announcement! In this scenario, the hoster (you) will provide the Windows license via SPLA and not report the other applications the customer brings over since it is already covered via their own volume licensing agreement. It also will include products such as System Center, SQL, and Remote Desktop Services. In the above example, you would need to license 12 cores of SQL Enterprise. Our analysis and the monthly reports we deliver to our License Management customers map individual client usage to their software consumption. Simplify licensing with the Microsoft Business and Services Agreement (MBSA). You need to report Windows server via SPLA. Contact your reseller or Microsoft partner development manager or partner tech strategist to obtain the addendum. Gain flexibility to deliver tailored IT services to your customers through a dedicated or shared hosting environment. Maybe this will happen sooner than later. Your organization must meet the following requirements to participate in the SPLA program: You can find additional SPLA program materials on the. For example, SQL Web does not have mobility rights, but SQL Enterprise does. In dedicated environments, the end customer DOES NOT need software assurance. Now the licensing. If you look up “authorized mobility partners” why wouldn’t you want them directed to your site? Windows costs $20 for Standard edition or $100 for Datacenter edition. License mobility within server farms allows a service provider to take advantage of virtualization without the worry of over licensing or for that matter; under licensing. So $200 divided by 1000 users equals $.20 per user. There are no major licensing changes. Why is that bad news? We believe that these changes in the Microsoft licensing terms primarily affect customers wanting to use licenses purchased under Volume Licensing agreements with Microsoft when migrating Microsoft workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS (often referred to as Bringing Your Own Licenses or “BYOL”). The “within a server farm” variant allows you to reassign SQL Server licenses within a server farm more than once every 90 days. In other cases they assumed the opposite without the proper documentation and contractual language in place putting them and their customer at risk for violating SPLA License Mobility rules. The number of ‘Required’ licenses are suggested. Posted by MS Licensing on May 15, 2013 in License Mobility, Tags: Hosting, License Mobility, Server Farms, spla, spla licensing, SQL 2012. What is prohibited is the way you deploy the technology. Your customer decides to bring the software but the hoster will provide the infrastructure in a dedicated environment. When end customer use license mobility, they are transferring the licenses into your data center. You still report Windows and SAL for SA SKU via SPLA. This is the least likely scenario, since dedicating an environment just for a desktop license makes little sense. Create a free website or blog at And NO, you cannot do this today in a shared environment. Have the option to focus on hosting your application solutions and acquire infrastructure as a service (IaaS) from a Data Center Provider, including Microsoft Azure. Microsoft is auditing everyone. Software Assurance is NOT required. Volume Licensing customers can license their server applications on-premises and in the cloud on a qualified service provider's shared hardware environment for specific applications. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Static license assignment and OSE placement (i.e., no OSE mobility) for Standard Edition only. within the European Union (EU) and/or European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Cost of core licenses sold in 16-packs. Again, (here I go being repetitive) if Microsoft allowed customer owned licenses to be installed in shared environments than why would they create license mobility? Install Microsoft products on servers under the day-to-day management and control of an outsourcing company to deliver your software services based on your capacity and server management capabilities. One general rule of thumb – if it’s shared – 90% of the time SPLA is required., License Mobility With Software Assurance – the facts,,, Why I Love License Mobility (Farm Edition). Also keep in mind that SPLA is non perpetual, when the customer leaves, they can no longer use the software they were accessing. That’s pricey. Most Microsoft products cannot be reassigned on a short-term basis, that’s why Microsoft has the use right called license mobility. A good option would be to have the customer purchase the server applications (think Exchange, SharePoint, Lync) with software assurance (SA) and run them on premise. The Office bits on Office 365 has issues with installing it on server. Windows is relatively inexpensive so it could be a win-win. So let’s say you have 10 users and you provide those users access to your Exchange server. Let’s say you have a host machine and that has (2) 6 core procs running 10 virtual machines. We see two key elements associated with these changes: 1. Is it just out of convenience or do they provide you strategic value? I love the question “What’s your cloud strategy?” It’s the new ice breaker for salespeople around the globe. SPLA licensing doesn’t allow to use Windows Server and SQL Server per-Core licenses in the public cloud. License Mobility, in its simplest terms, is a software assurance benefit that allows customers to migrate their existing licenses to a third-party data center. Well, they are either out of compliant (more probable) or they are using Windows Server and RDS to emulate a desktop via SPLA. Option 3 AWS is a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, licensed to sell Microsoft software under the Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA), and a Microsoft Gold Certified Hosting Partner. If you do, you must license both hosts. One caveat – you must report Windows via SPLA. Microsoft recently announced mobility rights for Remote Desktop Services  (RDS). I wrote about it here I think that’s a great move by Microsoft as it provides more flexibility for both service providers and consumers. Posted by MS Licensing on August 27, 2014 in Compliance, License Mobility, Tags: compliance, Hosting, IaaS, License Mobility, Microsoft SPLA, SAL for SA, Software Assurance, spla licensing, Virtualization. This is typically conducted by KPMG, Deloitte, E&Y etc. Keep in mind, not all products are eligible. Third party data center is a service provider. Next question that comes up is “why?” Wish I knew the answer, perhaps Microsoft is looking out after the OEM manufactures, but then again they launched Surface. Very few if any. !, We were doing this for years!”  That’s right, if you are hosting customer owned licenses in a shared hardware infrastructure/dedicated VM, make sure the products are license mobility eligible (see the SPUR) and make sure you sign the addendum! Here’s another post on license mobility. Customers can leverage their existing volume licensing agreements (with software assurance) to install RDS in your datacenter. The independent audit. Since this blog is about licensing, I’ll educate you on how other’s save costs based off licensing alone. Bad news? Check out the SPUR. Yes. It cannot be considered a source of definitive licensing guidance or costs. Why? There are three deployment options for service providers – Hybrid (mix of on premise and cloud) Dedicated, and Shared. From a compliance perspective, it is defined as the following: “Any hardware running an instance of Microsoft software (OS or application) must be dedicated to a single customer. To learn more, download the SPLA Program Guide (PDF, 4.56 MB) and SPLA Reference Card (PDF, 509 KB). Perhaps you make this as part of your agreement with your customer; but not sure why you wouldn’t make this as part of your marketing strategy. Just a word of advice, know the licensing before implementing a solution. My thoughts? In my opinion, this is a great way to take advantage of virtualization, reduce licensing costs, but more importantly…be compliant. Or if they didn’t purchase Office 365, they would at least need to purchase Office with Software Assurance. There are few guarantees in life, but one guarantee is not everyone under the SPLA program is licensing correctly. Five devices is a lot anyways, and now with RDS mobility rights, the service provider can use the end customers RDS licenses (if they have software assurance). It also makes it easier to purchase Premier and Professional support. Yes, the hoster would report everything under SPLA. Either way Microsoft, service providers, and more importantly the end customer would win. Option 2 That scenario is where SA is r… Again, just my opinion. Perfectly legal, and part of your signed SPLA agreement. Although the service provider can have customer RDS mobility rights, since Office is installed, the entire environment has to be dedicated. I think Call management/Lync is a HUGE opportunity for service providers. The following licensing models are available for offering Microsoft licensed products to customers: You can sign up for the SPLA program with a SPLA reseller. New CSP Direct Requirements Coming January! Please use as the email address, Amazon Web Services as the partner name, and as the partner website. Here’s a little blurb on the features of Lync. If anything else, please make sure you make this mobility guide available to your customer to review. License Mobility, in its simplest terms, is a software assurance benefit that allows customers to migrate their existing licenses to a third-party data center. To become an Authorized License Mobility Partner you must be a Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) partner and attach an addendum, with additional License Mobility terms, to your SPLA agreement. When it comes to putting Microsoft application licenses into the cloud, there have long been 2 options: 1. The entire Exchange solution is $5.20 per user. Can they (the hoster) do this? Good news – you keep the customer for a minimum of 90 days! A server farm includes up to two data centers each physically located either in a time zone that is within four hours of the local time zone of the other [Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and not Daylight Savings Time (DST)], and/or within the European Union (EU) and/or European Free Trade Association (EFTA).”. Primarily this applies to application servers – Lync, Exchange, SharePoint, and CRM. Using our SPLA licensing: Windows Server Standard licensing included in our hosting pricing; 5 RDS SALs (remote desktop services user licenses) – $7.75 each user; Purchase Volume Licensing: Windows Server License for 2 Processors (minimum) $1,171.55 with SA; Windows Server User CAL (per user) $52.03 with SA 4. Below is directly from the SPUR. and deliver an accurate draft for ordering. To encourage Office 365 sales of course! It’s the fall season here in the United States – the leaves are changing, weather is FINALLY getting cooler, and it’s time for our friends in Redmond, WA to make an update. This is applicable, it’s dedicated (VM and physical servers). I just feel this is a big miss by providers and customers. Maximum number of 64-bit sockets is 64 (for both editions). Posted by MS Licensing on December 12, 2013 in License Mobility, Office 365, Tags: License Mobility, RDS, Software Assurance. The number one post on is “Office 365 under SPLA”  To date over 20,000 users have read it, several have commented on it, and many more are still asking – what am I missing and why can’t I offer “SPLA Office” in the same fashion as Office 365? So here we go! There are no major licensing changes. I ‘Googled’ VDI as a service and several companies are doing this…it must be right…right?” Wrong! To download a copy click here Service providers would still be required to report Windows under their SPLA agreement. You either fight the good fight – offer something the bigger guys cannot offer – customer service, deployment services, kiss your server good night, etc. Does SPLA licensing exist for Microsoft 365? You have to license the host with the most cores, but at least it is just the one host! I am not purposely trying to be redundant, but majority of compliance issues come from customer owned licenses. In short, pay attention to which users are assigned a license and if/when they no longer need the service. These licenses can be used in Azure due to the License Mobility benefit that is part of the Software Assurance subscription. * Cost of core licenses sold in packs of two (two-core packs). You may determine the number of licenses you need, assign those licenses, and use the server software as provided in the General License Terms. appointed by Microsoft. Windows: $100 per processor or $200 (using Datacenter, 2 processor box – multiple VM’s). Those are probably the big 3 and more often than not, can make you scratch your head. Since this is not completed, you (the service provider) can be on the hook. Be Careful! Do they have their own cloud services that directly competes with you? I hope this brings a bit more clarity. You start looking around the web and notice that other service providers seem to charge less than what you can charge your customers. Not a lot of companies host it today and organizations are not keen on deploying it in house. In this article, we will break each one down to explain how they work and the options available. Reach out to me at or linkedin. The VMs on one machine can migrate to the other. Great hybrid situation or ability to provide disaster recovery. Provider’s SPLA agreement License Mobility through Software Assurance Profile • ISVs want to provide a fullyEnd Customer wants to outsource ownership of the hardware and the licensing … How do THEY do it? VDI is a prime example of this. I say that only because it is so important and one of the reasons organization’s move towards the cloud. You should offer license mobility. With License Mobility through Software Assurance, an end customer can deploy certain server application licenses purchased under a Volume Licensing agreement in an Authorized Mobility Partner’s datacenter. All you need to do is dedicate a VM for that customer but install it on shared hardware. The SPLA program (Service Provider License Agreement) is a program allowing service providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to license the latest eligible Microsoft software products to provide software services and hosted applications to end customers. How to sell Microsoft software without SPLA, Lync Server 2013 Standard SAL (User / Device), Lync Server 2013 Enterprise SAL (User / Device), Lync Server 2013 Plus SAL (User / Device), Lync Server 2013 Enterprise Plus SAL (User / Device), All PC-to-PC computer audio and video functionality, The features of the Standard SAL described above, All Audio, Video, and Web Conferencing functionality, in a time zone that is within four hours of the local time zone of the other (Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and not DST), and/or. The concept has been around for years. Dedicated Scenario – (3 options available). Exchange is your best friend and enemy. Dedicated also means dedicated hardware and dedicated VM’s. Would love to review your options or simply offer a second opinion. Your customer decides to bring their own software (such as Exchange) and infrastructure (Windows) via their own volume licensing agreement. But I do believe Microsoft will allow your end customer to take (1) of the (5) installs allowed under Office 365 and transfer it to your datacenter. Instances run under a particular license must be run in a single server farm and can be moved to another server farm, but not on a short-term basis (90 days or less). License Mobility through Software Assurance enhances the value of volume licenses with Software Assurance by extending their use to the cloud. AWS is an authorized Microsoft License Mobility Partner and has an … The answer is….no. When you transfer licenses, they can only transfer the licenses away from your data center once every 90 days. In doing so, you would be allowed to offer a shared infrastructure, dedicated VM (Similar to License Mobility). Ahh…but what about Office? License Mobility is an addendum to your SPLA. I said this before, if Microsoft allowed all products to be installed on a shared hardware infrastructure, why would they have license mobility? This means that if a customer wants to move back to their own datacenter, they have to wait 90 days. The reason for this is that the auditor, even though they are independent, in many cases, will making assumptions that favored Microsoft to the detriment of the service provider. There are no start-up costs or long-term commitments. Let me know if you are interested in learning more or hosting Lync today. However, licensing Microsoft products for commercial hosting environments under a Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) can be especially daunting, due to the different use rights and license metrics available under that model. What’ the caveat? !”  You look online and see other providers offering VDI as a service. Third party data center is a service provider. Azure does this via their website Install or upload your own BizTalk Server image using the license mobility benefits under Software Assurance. Since this website is dedicated to the service provider community, I thought I would put together some common mistakes service providers make when deploying license mobility. Dedicated is applicable for both SPLA and end customer owned volume licensing. With the SPLA, service providers and ISVs can license eligible Microsoft products on a monthly basis, during a three-year agreement term, to host software services and applications for their customers. They do not own any software; they would need the hoster to supply the software licenses. I know I am beating a dead horse with license mobility. It would encourage your end customers to invest in Office with Software Assurance and offer a more complete desktop as a service solution. Join the new hosting community at Uncovering the complexity of the Microsoft SPLA Program. SAL for SA (or SALSA) For Access Licenses the end customer can obtain the right to utilize specific SKUs for selected SALs (Subscriber Access License) under the SPLA agreement. License Mobility through Software Assurance only applies to eligible products as per the Product Use Rights (PUR) document. Get details about License Mobility through Software Assurance. Do you agree? If an auditor were to come knocking on the door to your datacenter, there’s not much they can say if you take advantage of unlimited virtualization rights such as Windows Datacenter and SQL Enterprise 2012. I believe Microsoft will allow your end customers to invest in Office via Office 365. “I see they advertise VDI!! Did you receive this email: Subject: Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) Review? I wrote about license mobility many times – here’s an article for your review – here You can also check out the Microsoft site for more of a definitive definition From the License Mobility FAQ Guide. Customer can run their own servers on premise, you just report SPLA licensing in your shared environment. So what do you do? Think about your environment and the licensing restrictions around Office. With SAL for SA, nothing is being transferred. Moral of the story with VDI- there is NO way a service provider can offer a desktop license in a shared environment. You ask yourself, “how do they do it?”  You ask your reseller who seems just as confused. Well, I was hoping Microsoft would announce Office mobility rights. Again, customer does not need Software Assurance if it’s a dedicated environment. Perhaps. Licensing gurus and the product user rights and the audit team will disagree with you. Please be aware that if you own a volume licensing agreement, you cannot use the same hardware your volume licensing agreement resides as your hosted solution. You can use license mobility. This is called Datacenter Outsourcing. Last option is to have the end customer bring their desktop OS licenses to a datacenter provider. There is no law of the land that prohibits this. ($5 for Exchange + $4 for Windows), Hoster with 1,000 Exchange users on a two processor box with multiple VM’s. I wrote about this here This also works well for Disaster Recovery options. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! At the core SPLA automation includes: Automated inventory collection, from multiple data sources, to establish the data foundation needed, Complex license calculations, finding the most optimal licensing option across versions, editions, etc. Posted by MS Licensing on October 10, 2015 in Azure, License Mobility, Office 365. To deploy Exchange, you also need Windows. I am guessing not. This is my opinion, but something I think they would entertain. There is only one option to install customer owned licenses in a shared environment and that is license mobility. This benefit can also help you lower your operating costs by using an Authorized Mobility Partner’s shared infrastructure. That’s the issue I struggle with and I am sure many of you do too. I really think this is a miss with Microsoft. Why not? This calculator is for informational purposes only and is subject to change. Microsoft licenses with License Mobility through Software Assurance can now be used on dedicated hosted cloud services with any Listed Provider who is also an Authorized Mobility Partner. Summary of Dedicated – The company has a term for this benefit, calling it "license mobility." Exchange cost’s $5 per user (hypothetical). Active Software Assurance is now required for all Microsoft products (with License Mobility through Software Assurance) when BYOL to VMware Cloud o… "License mobility" is in relation to a permanent/semi-permanent event. The entire Exchange solution is $9 per user. Last, make sure your customers have active software assurance for all licenses used for license mobility! A license is transferred from the physical system to a new system and stays there for at least 90 days. This is a great move, it will allow service providers to have shared hardware, but dedicated VM’s (just like others under the license mobility program). You need to include educational materials to your customers during the purchasing process. Volume Licensing customers can license their server applications on-premises and in the cloud on a qualified service provider's shared hardware environment for specific applications. If you are a Service Provider with a signed Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) you can: Obtain a BizTalk Server image from the Azure Virtual Machine marketplace and pay the per-minute rate of BizTalk Server. - Microsoft will expand the scope of License Mobility through SA for eligible licenses with active Software Assurance (SA), to be assigned to dedicated host cloud services from ‘Listed Providers’ who are an Authorized Mobility Partner (AMP), including Azure Dedicated Host. A server farm consists of up to two data centers each physically located: Each data center may be part of only one server farm. Can they do this? Wow, there’s a surprise right? A new form is required each time you deploy additional licenses.”, 2.” When you renew your Software Assurance.”, 3.” When you renew your Volume Licensing Agreement.”, “The form can include multiple enrollments or license numbers under a single agreement, provided that they are supported by the same channel partner. Everything is dedicated. Because Windows is licensed only by processor (not user) the more users, the less expensive Windows licenses become. I did not make this up, it’s part of the addendum you need to sign to take part in the program. Here’s the takeaway – customer’s can always bring licenses into your datacenter. 1. But if we do a per user cost it would equate to $40 divided by 10 ($4 per user for Windows). The old licensing methodology would require you to license both hosts. Your customer is a healthcare company that needs a dedicated environment due to regulatory compliance. Third party data center is a service provider. This means the service provider would need to dedicate (server and vm) to one customer. In fact, out of 10 random selected partners on the list, none have a written statement on mobility. In this article, I will highlight some upcoming changes (or lack thereof) to SPLA. It’s important that you, your sellers, and more importantly your customers understand this program in its entirety. For example, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Skype for Business Server, and SQL Server. In short, this allows your customer who purchased Exchange with Software Assurance to transfer that license into your datacenter. When does a customer need to re-submit the License Mobility Verification Form? Thus, the reason for a volume license copy of Office. Why bother asking customers about their cloud strategy if it does not include licensing? You want to run SQL Enterprise. Use Microsoft Products to deliver software services to end customers in and from any part of the world where distribution is legally allowed. You notice other’s advertising solutions that seem to conflict with the licensing rights. They do not have software assurance on the software. Each user or device for whom you obtain a Plus SAL may use the following features of the server software. Described as a Volume Licensing Software Assurance benefit, the conditions for employing Microsoft License Mobility are complicated and differ depending on where your Exchange server is hosted – Software Assurance must be maintained on all software licenses, even server licenses, processor licenses, and CALs. Pay only for licenses based on what you make available to provide software services for each month. Think of how many users would purchase Office under Office 365 if they did this? The good news? How do end-customers get access to Windows Server as part of a License Mobility through Software Assurance scenario? After an MBSA is in place, you sign a shorter and more simplified SPLA every three years. So License Mobility is an exclusion from SPLA, as the customer is exercising the right to transfer traditional licenses with SA. Put the license on a server dedicated to your use Microsoft’s rules kick in when software is installed on “shared servers” – that’s where your instance is simply one of many virtual machines running on that physical server.

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