Microsoft have today announced several future updates to the following:
Windows Server 2012 R2
System Center 2012 R2
SQL Server 2014
Which also brings a host of new licensing models! However for once I believe that Microsoft has infact simplified their licensing model by the launch of the Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) in Q3 which will replace the EAP, ECI, and EWA enrollments. SCE will be available under the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and allows highly committed customers to standardize on one or more key Server and Cloud technologies.
Microsoft’s aim for this new enrollment is to simplify license management by reducing the number of enrollments, driving consistency with the Enterprise Enrollment, and easing Windows Azure adoption.
SCE works like the EAP, in return for an Enterprise-wide commitment to one or more product components, SCE provides:
15% discount for new purchase (L&SA)
5% discount on Software Assurance renewals
Best terms and conditions for SCE products
New subscription option for more flexibility when retiring workloads, consolidating or migrating to the cloud
Flexibility to take advantage of Windows Azure as needed
In addition to the introduction of SCE, Microsoft is introducing price increases to Windows Server Datacenter Edition (28%) and Remote Desktop Services (26%) in Q3, along with new RDS cloud entitlements that will land in January 2014
More information can be found here… http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/licensing-options/enrollments.aspx
As ever, I will keep you updated with more information as and when we hear. For more information or any Microsoft related queries please contact me @ Crayon UK firstname.lastname@example.org
Author: Gareth JohnsonTags: CRAYON, EA, EAP, EAS, eci, Enterprise, GARETH JOHNSON, Licensing, Microsoft, Microsoft Enterprise, microsoft enterprise agreement, pro, products, Server, Server 2012, Software Assurance, SQL, standard, system center, Windows