Microsoft says new licensing bundles will save companies time, money

They're slated to become available Oct. 1

Microsoft Corp. this week announced a pair of enterprise software licensing bundles that one analyst said could save money and time for the company's loyal customers.

Unveiled during the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans this week, the licensing bundles will become available Oct.1, according to a Q&A posted Tuesday at Microsoft's Web site with Joe Matz, corporate vice-president for worldwide licensing and pricing at Microsoft.

One, called the Enrollment for Application Platform, offers a server software suite -- including SQL Server database, BizTalk Server, Office SharePoint Server, Visual Studio development software and Dynamics CRM -- that can be purchased via a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA).

Paul DeGroot, an analyst with the independent Directions on Microsoft, called the Enrollment for Application Platform "the offspring of the Application Platform Agreement" that Microsoft introduced last year to counter Oracle Inc.'s Unlimited License Agreement, which lets Oracle customers license as many instances of the product as they like.

While the Application Platform Agreement bundle forced customers to commit "to spend quite a bit of money," the new Enrollment option is aimed at medium-sized businesses, said DeGroot.

According to Microsoft, customers using the Enrollment for Application Platform can pay for the software over one or three years. "Customers may realize lower ongoing costs for new deployment with price savings of up to 40 per cent," said Matz.

DeGroot, who had not been briefed on these new licenses, wasn't sure how Microsoft calculated the savings. But he felt that "overall, it could be a good option for mid-market customers who have EAs," he said. "They may not buy enough servers to get a good discount in Select [license]. The discounts in this Enrollment could be better."

The second bundle, called the Enrollment for Core Infrastructure, bundles Windows Server, System Center management software and Forefront Client Security software.

Customers buying this software separately would have had to use "a combination of licensing models including per server, per processor, per Operating System Environment and subscription," said Matz. "With the Enrollment for Core Infrastructure, this is all accomplished using a simple, per-processor basis."

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Microsoft

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Eric Lai

Computerworld
Show Comments

Essentials

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?