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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Microsoft Audit – Top tips how to navigate this process smoothly

microsoft-audit-top-tips-how-to-navigate-this-process-smoothlyWhenever the word “Audit” comes up, Microsoft customers and partners almost immediately start to worry. Microsoft audits can be a major pain and they are happening more often than ever. In one recent survey, “58% of executives said they have been audited by Microsoft in the last 12 months, whereas five years ago, these types of audits were rare and only encountered under specific situations.

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SQL Server 2016 | Top 3 SPLA gotchas that will get you in compliance trouble

SQL Server 2016 Top 3 SPLA gotchas that will get you in compliance trouble

In a time where being first-to-market is paramount, having a powerful tool such as SQL Server 2016 will give insight into opportunities others can’t see. When it comes to your customers in the SPLA program, SQL Server 2016 is a welcomed addition without any changes to pricing or licensing.

What has changed in recent years, however, has been Microsoft’s increased efforts to ensure compliance in increasingly complex environments. On average, Microsoft is auditing 50% of its partners, and the average out-of-compliance penalty is $200,000. Many IT teams have been caught off-guard and even further exerted during the auditing process. As it pertains to SPLA, there are a few specific signs Microsoft looks at when trying to determine if you could potentially be out of compliance. Not surprisingly, most have to do with SQL.

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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.

To help our SPLA partners prepare for 2016, we have compiled a list of top 3 actions for December. [Read more…]

How to prepare for Office 365 outages

How to prepare for Office 365 outages

Failing to plan for a cloud service outage is a plan to fail.

And with worker productivity and thousands of dollars on the line for every second of lost connectivity, this worst-case scenario is a costly one – unless the proper steps are taken upfront.

This is one topic top of mind with organizations, especially if you are running on Office 365. So what can they do to prevent and mitigate the risk of downtimes?

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Clearing up the confusion around Microsoft Office 365 Licensing & SPLA

Clearing up the confusion around Microsoft Office 365 Licensing & SPLA

As a Microsoft Sales Specialist, I’m frequently asked licensing-related questions from our clients.

While I’ve received a lot of questions about SPLA and the benefits of simplified licensing, the number one question at the top of most client’s minds is whether or not they can license Office 365 under SPLA. Read on for the answer.

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