Story image

Microsoft apologises for 'complex licensing'

20 Apr 10

At a summit gathering today in Auckland, Microsoft outlined changes it will make to its software licensing from July 1, 2010.

Alan Slother, Senior Product Manager and Commercial Product Management at Microsoft US, admitted to today's Virtualisation and Management Summit audience at the Westin Hotel in Auckland (pictured) that the firm's licensing models were complex. He also announced two major changes in the way Microsoft licenses its products.

“Our licensing is complex and I apologise but it is something we’re trying to improve and make easier. If you already have software assurance or enterprise agreements we’ve really simplified the licensing. This provides an ability to extend your existing infrastructure,” he said.

From July 1st 2010 two new models will be brought in. VECD for SA will no longer exist and the rights to run a VDI desktop will be included in SA rights. SA customers can now deploy desktops anywhere, locally or in the datacentre. SA customers will also be granted the equivalent of VDA rights for all SA desktops, including roaming rights.

Microsoft also unveiled Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA). This option allows you to license your Windows VM for access from thin clients, third-party and non-Windows-based devices. It’s a device-based subscription that costs $100 per year, per device. The primary user has extended roaming right and SA benefits for Windows.

DigiPlex’s data centre heat reuse system wins award
Its solution to reuse heat to warm thousands of local homes took out the accolade at the recent 2018 Energy Awards.
STT GDC to build hyperscale data centre in Singapore
ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) today unveiled ambitious plans for expansion with its largest data centre in Singapore to date.
Golden opportunities for enterprise e-waste reduction
E-waste is a hot topic in tech circles, and Park Place's EMEA MD believes there could be huge opportunities if data centres and enterprises improve their practices.
How Schneider Electric aims to simplify IT management
With IT Expert, Schneider Electric aims to ensure secure, vendor agnostic, wherever-you-go monitoring and visibility of all IoT-enabled physical infrastructure assets.
Pitfalls to avoid when configuring cloud firewalls
Flexibility and granularity of security controls is good but can still represent a risk for new cloud adopters that don’t recognise some of the configuration pitfalls.
Cisco dominates record-high Ethernet switch & router markets
While the market is flourishing, it’s tough-going as Cisco has increased its majority share of the pie.
Why total visibility is the key to zero trust
Over time, the basic zero trust model has evolved and matured into what Forrester calls the Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) Ecosystem.
Gartner names Proofpoint Leader in enterprise information archiving
The report provides a detailed overview of the enterprise information archiving market and evaluates vendors based on completeness of vision and ability to execute.