Microsoft offering new cloud licensing model for 2014

Changes to the licensing model for service providers (SPLA) mean that cloud service providers are no longer required to provide the equipment on which Virtual Desktop services are delivered.

What that means, is that a service provider can take over the management of a clients existing hardware and then deliver SPLA licensing to that customer as part of a managed service. The customer has effectively switched from a cap-ex model for license purchase to op-ex without changing any of the underlying infrastructure.

For a customer who wants the benefits of a fully managed service but still needs to sweat their physical server assets for a bit longer this licensing model offers an upgrade to newer Microsoft products without a “big bang” license replacement.

If you’re looking at adopting Virtual Desktop on your own server equipment as a test / stepping stone to a full cloud implementation later then you should talk to us about the possibilities.



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