Right Sizing Your Windows Server Environment

Right Sizing Your Windows Server Environment

Did you know that Windows Server is one of the most mislicensed products under SPLA?

This can lead to unnecessary audits and expenses that no one wants to deal with.

We all know that Microsoft introduced a new licensing model for Windows Server 2016 when they changed the model from Processor to Core. As we wrote in our July article, the biggest concern was that if you were running more than 8 cores per instance (the minimum required) you would have to license the additional cores when you upgraded to Windows Server 2016 or when your SPLA contract renewed.

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Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes – Plan Accordingly!

Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes

Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes coming this September. Get ready.

With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016 at the end of September, Microsoft is promising a lot, and if they deliver, this could be a game changer for you and your clients. The Softchoice SPLA team is here to simplify the licensing complexities and ensure you’re ideally positioned for future growth.

I encourage you to review the features I’ve attached in this blog post, but at a very high level, Windows Server 2016 boils down to this:

  • Increased cloud integration
  • Better security
  • Additional features in the Datacenter edition

Download Windows Server 2016 Feature Comparison

Download Windows Server 2016 Datasheet

Windows Server 2016 only available through core-based licensing

The biggest difference for the hosting world is that Windows Server 2016 will only be available through core-based licensing, with a minimum of 8-cores per processor. At the moment, the cost of 8-cores is expected to be identical to the cost of a single processor license, so anyone running 8 cores or less should not see a difference when moving to 2016. Anyone running more than 8 cores per processor will have to license those extra cores for an added cost when moving to 2016.

Important: When Windows Server 2016 comes out, all Windows Server editions will also move to core-based licensing, but Microsoft will allow you to continue reporting processors until the end of your agreement for all editions except 2016.

Very Important: Do you meet the following criteria?

  • Host Windows Server
  • Run more than 8 cores per processor
  • No immediate plans to upgrade to 2016
  • Your SPLA contract expires soon

If so, then you should renew your SPLA contract before the September release to protect yourself for 3 years and continue reporting processors.

The Softchoice SPLA Team is here to help you make sense of licensing in order to stay compliant and profitable. We give you the ability to report licenses through our unique online portal, which are then reviewed before being sent to Microsoft for processing. Our TechCheck teams can also arrange SPLA-specific assessments to help you gain a better understanding of your hosting environment.

If you have any questions about Windows Server or the SPLA program, let us know!

Click here if you want to learn more about other SPLA licensing changes.

 

Microsoft increases seat minimums for corporate Enterprise Agreement

Microsoft Moving Corporate Enterprise Agreement User/Device Minimums From 250 To 500

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that starting July 1st, 2016 any new corporate Enterprise Agreement (including Enterprise Agreement Subscriptions) will require a 500 user/device minimum. Before we get into the specifics, let’s all take a deep breath.

While at face value this may seem like a major change from Microsoft, in reality, the impact on existing EA customers is minimal. That’s because Microsoft is allowing all current EA customers, including those who sign up now until June, to have the ability to renew one (1) time for an additional 36-month term. That means that customers under 500 seats may still be in an EA for the next 6.5 years (if they sign or renew in June of 2016).

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Microsoft’s New 2016 SPLA Price Increase & Year-End Action Plan

Microsoft's New 2016 SPLA Price Increase & Year-End Action Plan

The end of 2015 is fast approaching. The weather is cooling, and it’s time for our friends in Redmond, WA to make changes to SPLA pricing and the way they manage partners.

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Did Microsoft just enter the telephony game? Plus, everything else you need to know about Office 365 E5

Did Microsoft just enter the telephony game? Plus, everything else you need to know about Office 365 E5

Enterprises now have access to the new Office 365 E5 Suite, Microsoft’s most comprehensive set of productivity, collaboration, analytics, security and compliance capabilities, of any Office 365 plan ever.

And while the premium SKU – which became available December 1, 2015 – brings with it some impressive new features, it’s the attractive price tag and new communications services that are causing the biggest waves. In E5, Microsoft is rolling out Cloud PBX and PSTN Conferencing services, designed to eliminate the need for legacy telephony systems and third party conferencing providers.

Coming in at $35 for the standard E5 plan, Microsoft estimates it costs just one-third of what enterprises are already paying for all the combined services.

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Everything you need to know about SQL Server 2016

Everything you need to know about SQL Server 2016

Microsoft SQL 2005 is going EOL on April 12, 2016, and the all-new SQL Server 2016 stands to bring the biggest, most exciting changes to SQL since its inception. Our Microsoft team recently hosted a private webinar for some of our best Microsoft clients, and shared their perspectives on what to expect with the new platform.

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