Last week we announced some significant licensing changes with regards to virtualization and Windows Server 2003. As with how we addressed mulit-core processers it seems we are taking another simular industry step.
So why do I think that we are doing all of this? Clairity! Basically we reconize the importance of virtualization and we want our licensing regarding virtualization to remove any potential barriers to customers adopting it. The best way we found to do this was to remove the licensing confusion and limitations and change the licensing to reflect how our customers actually use Virtualization Technologies.
When I shared this information with a couple of people my last statement brought up a good question: Does these licensing changes apply only to Virtual Server 2005. No - you can use any virtualization technology that you want.
This announcement is only part of what you'll see in the upcoming months with respect to our ongoing self managing dynamic systems initiative. I’ll be going deeper on this topic in the next coming weeks.
PS -You can ready the full announcement here.