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Last week the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) occurred in Toronto, Canada. During the conference we were glad to catch up with a few partners to discuss a range of topics spanning overall impressions of the keynotes, license mobility through Software Assurance, adoption of cloud technologies, how licensing updates are facilitating that adoption as well as software asset management. The first two video interviews are presented below, with a couple more to come later this week.
Again, congratulations to SoftwareONE Brasil for earning the Volume Licensing Partner of the Year Award. In addition, many thanks to Alex and James from RISE for taking time to capture their thoughts on video.
Microsoft Volume Licensing serves organizations worldwide of virtually all sizes, from those with just a few employees to those with tens of thousands dispersed across the globe. Seeing similarities between your organization’s needs and the success achieved by another company through a case study is a great way to help inform your choices.
With this in mind, the Microsoft Case Studies website serves as the go-to resource into how customers and partners utilize the various Microsoft Volume Licensing programs, from open value to the enterprise agreement, and numerous other options which provide the flexibility and cost efficiencies to the best technology solution.
Microsoft’s own “Lady Licensing,” Emma Healey, posted a blog entry today about System Center 2012 (SC 2012) simplifing its multi-SKU lineup to two editions (datacenter and standard) to provide an integrated solution to manage applications across private, public and hybrid cloud scenarios. She discusses how the updated licensing changes better align users with a hybrid cloud management design, which Microsoft continues to see as a prevalent trend in customer scenarios.
Together with Windows Server, System Center 2012 anchors Microsoft’s private cloud environment, helping make it possible for customers to build and manage the world of hybrid IT. We believe fewer SKUs and a simpler licensing construct make it easier for customers to choose Microsoft’s integrated private cloud solution leveraging the Windows Server platform and systems management solutions. It also creates a real opportunity to leverage the Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI) offerings.
On Wednesday, May 18th the Microsoft Volume Licensing team hosted an interactive session for TechEd North America attendees. This is a departure from the classic technical sessions that make up the majority of sessions at TechEd.
Attendees have requested volume licensing information to help them with planning, deployment and support of their technology investments. This year, the primary topic was focused on how to leverage their existing Enterprise Agreement (EA) and take advantage of new public and private cloud solution scenarios.