Industry analysts forecast the continued ascension of cloud infrastructure technology as a key market driver for the foreseeable future. For example, IDC’s 3rd Platform describes a vast array of always-connected smart mobile devices and pervasive use of social networking layered over a cloud-based server infrastructure as the primary growth driver of the ICT industry over the next decade. They forecast the underlying wave of IT innovation will be responsible for 75% of the growth as worldwide industry spend moves from $3.2 trillion in 2013 to $5.3 trillion by 2020.**

Addressing this trend, Microsoft’s emphasis on Enterprise Cloud is one of the most exciting areas of technology advancement for our customers.  As discussed at a recent press conference, a wave of Microsoft innovation and fresh thinking is reaching customers across a broad range of products related to core infrastructure, application platform, developer platform and Windows Azure in time for a growing number of organizations migrating workloads to the cloud. 

Along with advances in technology that further accelerate cloud adoption, Microsoft has also updated licensing agreements through which commercial customers have traditionally acquired this technology.

One such licensing vehicle for customers with an Enterprise Agreement is called the Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE). The SCE allows customers committed to Microsoft’s Server and Cloud technologies to bring the corresponding licenses together in a single enrollment.  Formerly the best licensing options and terms existed in multiple enrollments such as the Enrollment for Application Platform and the Enrollment for Core Infrastructure.

Closely aligned with Microsoft’s strategic vision for the Cloud OS, the SCE provides the licensing foundation for customers in line with this vision. The enrollment facilitates the easy acquisition of additional IaaS, PaaS and other cloud offerings within the same enrollment as the traditional Cloud and Enterprise technologies customers rely on. It also provides attractive options for customers wishing to transition workloads from their datacenters to the cloud over time. This enables customers to capture the value of the SCE for their current workloads while enabling future scenarios.

In practical terms, the SCE provides great pricing and benefits while simplifying the agreement, purchase and procurement discussions, and licensed asset management. For enterprise and government customers, it is the best option for taking advantage of current and future server and cloud offerings.

 

The SCE offers great pricing and benefits for Windows Server, SQL Server, System Center, Visual Studio, and Windows Azure. Moreover, it also includes new options for customers operating in dynamic and hybrid environments, including an easy onramp to Windows Azure – which is automatically provisioned for all SCE customers.

Alongside the successful Enterprise Enrollment for desktop productivity, the Server and cloud Enrollment is an efficient path for today’s IT professional to initiate their company’s transition to the cloud. 

Essential elements for customers to consider:

  • Best terms, conditions and predictability for SCE products
  • New subscription option available
  • Full Software Assurance benefits for all deployed licenses including new version rights
  • Unlimited Problem Resolution Support for qualifying customers and products
  • 15% discount for new license and Software Assurance purchases
  • 5% discount on Software Assurance renewals
  • Management of Windows Azure resources with System Center is included for CIS commitments  (Some limitations apply)
  • Flexible payment options available through Microsoft Financing in conjunction SCE make it all that more compelling
  • SCE can be purchased at any time, although the expiration of an existing EA or SA commitment is a great time to evaluate whether SCE is the right vehicle for your server and cloud needs.
  • SCE combines and simplifies previously disparate licensing models and terms covered by the former Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) and the Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI).

Following are some quick links to resources to help with next steps:

 **Reference: IDC report, “The Coming of the 3rd Platform and What This Means for Software Business Models” (Doc #240918 / May 2013)