Our colleagues in the UK recently wrote about a customer looking to reduce the costs of virtualization charged by the incumbent vendor.  The case study is interesting in that it demonstrates the strategic role that volume licensing can play, particularly as customer uptick increases for virtualization and the private cloud.  

For those who may not know, Microsoft’s volume licensing offers enrollment options that help customers deploy and license suites of Microsoft application, system and infrastructure products – a bundle that helps simplify the enrollment and gets at the heart of the customer need.  

Our Enrollment for Core Infrastructure is key to building a secure and well-managed data center, and  UK customer Skipton Building Society used it in combination with other volume licensing for products.  As a result, they were able to achieve a virtualized environment at significantly lower cost than competitive offerings.   For more details on how Skipton Building Society rolled out its private cloud solution, check out the case study on TechNet UK

If you’d like to brush up on licensing for the private cloud, too, we can help.  We blogged about a preview of volume licensing training and accreditation unveiled at Tech Ed North America this year, and about the enthusiastic response.  You can visit www.microsoft.com/licensingexpert to sign up to learn the fundamentals of volume licensing, and to learn how to license your private cloud – including server management and virtualization – and migrating servers to third-party hosting companies. 

We will expand the number of trainings available so make sure to check back, and follow us on Twitter (@Msft_VL) for the latest.