August, 2013

  • Licensing How To: SQL Server Fail-Over vs. Cold Disaster Recovery Rights.

    The Licensing How To series posts are provided by our Customer Service Presales and Licensing team members.  These scenario based licensing topics are written on trending topics and issues based on their interactions with customers, Partners and field sellers.  For more posts from the Licensing How To series, search the “Licensing How To” tag on this blog.

    Summary: What’s the difference, aren’t they both for disaster recovery? Fail-over Rights and “Cold” Disaster Recovery Rights offer two different, but similar purposes. For SQL Server “Cold” Disaster Recovery (DR) Rights are a Software Assurance (SA) Benefit while Fail-over Rights do not require SA coverage, but to get the maximum benefit of Fail-over Rights you will want to consider SA coverage for your SQL Server licenses.

  • How Volume Licensing Innovations Enable a “Work on Your Own Device” World

    By Richard Smith, General Manager in World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP)

    Richard is responsible for the design, marketing and training of our current and new Volume Licensing Programs.

    This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about how Microsoft’s licensing is evolving to enable customers to take advantage of two major trends: Consumerization of IT and Cloud Computing. 

    Employees today demand the technology that makes it easiest for them to get the job done, whether it’s a company-owned PC or their own personal tablet. The growth of this Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) trend is clear: Forrester estimates that we will see 905 million tablets in use for work and home by 2017 and that BYOD scenarios span at least 258 million global information workers. According to ZDNet and TechRepublic’s BYOD Business Strategy Survey, 62% of companies
    either already have BYOD allowances in place, or plan to by the end of 2013.

    Looking further ahead, Gartner predicts that half of the world’s businesses will implement BYOD programs by 2017 and will no longer provide computing devices to their employees.  According to Gartner, the average cost of more than $600 per-employee, per-year for company-provided devices along with factors like increased employee satisfaction, has helped drive the BYOD movement. 

  • Licensing How To: SharePoint Server 2013 Licensing Changes

    Summary: SharePoint 2013, like the new lineup of Office servers, has some fantastic new features and functionality. The licensing has changed from the last release so please take a moment to check out the differences. 

    The Licensing How To series posts are provided by our Customer Service Presales and Licensing team members.  These scenario based licensing topics are written on trending topics and issues based on their interactions with customers, Partners and field sellers.  For more posts from the Licensing How To series, search the “Licensing How To” tag on this blog.

    The release of SharePoint Server 2013 brings simplification to the licensing requirements.  As a result, we have been answering a lot of questions about these changes. This post points out the changes between SharePoint Server 2010 (and related products) and SharePoint Server 2013. To learn more about licensing SharePoint 2013 check out Licensing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

    Below we take three common SharePoint Server scenarios and compare the 2010 and 2013 licensing requirements side by side.  We also cover two additional frequent topics/FAQ’s we find ourselves discussing with customers and partners – the CAL Waiver for Users Accessing Publicly Available
    Content, and downgrade rights. 

  • International Airlines Group connects employees worldwide with Office 365 and the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement

    The third largest airline group in Europe and parent company to British Airways, International Airlines Group, made employee collaboration a priority and picked Office 365 through a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) to connect its 58,000 employees around the world. With more than 230 global destinations, Office 365 will help employees share information regardless of business unit or location. Its migration to Office 365’s social tools will also enable the company to respond to market changes and quickly understand customer feedback.

    The Microsoft EA solution provides access to the critical enterprise services the company requires including: Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Yammer.