SPLA Prices Set To Rise

For those who have been enrolled in the SPLA program for over a year, you’ll remember the pain felt in February when we announced the double-digit price increasing that was coming.

Unfortunately, another price increase is headed your way.

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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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Looking to enroll in the SPLA Program? Here’s what you need to know.

Looking to enroll in the SPLA Program? Here’s what you need to know.

So you’ve decided the SPLA program is right for your organization, and you’re  looking to enrol. How do you get started? Not to worry, this is a frequent question clients are facing these days and we’re here to help. [Read more…]

SPLA: How do you license a product when it gets deleted?

How do you license a product when it gets deleted?

“Why is this product no longer available?”

This is a question that I’m asked, usually around the time when clients are about to report on licenses, and they no longer see a product that you have been licensing for some time.

Over time, the range of products included in the SPUR and the SPLA price list has changed… and it will change again in the future.

So when a product is deleted from the SPLA program, how do you know whether you may continue to license it?

The program rules are as follows:

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What is the Cloud Platform Suite?

What is the Microsoft Cloud Platform Suite

The Cloud Platform Suite is a bundled SKU of Windows and Systems Center, which was introduced January 2014. It may seem very similar to the Core Infrastructure Suite but I would like to outline a few key differences.

The Cloud Platform Suite provides virtual guest environments with one management system across multiple server operating systems. The cloud platform suite is the best option for highly virtualized servers running applications built on multiple server operating systems.

Cloud Platform suite is licensed in a host plus guest model. You will purchase a Microsoft Cloud Platform Suite license for the hardware to create the host fabric in which instances can run. This is considered the “host” license. You will purchase individual Microsoft Cloud Platform Guest licenses for each of the virtual instances that it wants to run. This is only if you are virtualized using Hyper-V.

The Cloud Platform Suite only becomes cost effective in a highly virtualized Environment; please reach out to me if you have any other questions.

How to Make the Most of the SPLA Price Increase

How to Make the Most of the SPLA Price Increase?

Hosting companies should now be aware of the double-digit price increase that will be hitting SPLA in 2014.

PRODUCT NAME Estimated %
price increase
Windows Server
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter* 45%
Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter 30%
Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services 27%
System Center
System Center 2012 R2 Client Management Suite 55%
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager 55%
Dynamics
Dynamics CRM 2013 Basic 40%
Dynamics CRM 2013 Professional 30%
Dynamics GP 2013 Full User SAL 15%
Dynamics NAV 2013 Full User SAL 15%
Dynamics SL 2011 AM Full User SAL 45%
Dynamics SL 2011 AM Light User SAL 27%
Dynamics SL 2011 AM ESS User SAL 145%

 

How to make the most of the Price Increase? VIRTUALIZE – the greatest increase comes with the Data center license, as the license will accommodate unlimited virtual machines whereas before it was limited to four. There will be minimal increase to the standard edition in 2014. The remote Desktop Services Subscriber Access License will become just under thirty percent more in 2014.

The other major increase comes with selected Dynamics Sku’s, a revamp in CRM now brings Professional, Basic, and Essential users. For a complete summary please check the SPUR, or refer to this CRM Online article.