Microsoft has listened to the partner community, just announced in the Microsoft Hosting Summit
Amazing announcement on licensing today
Effective July 1st
Servers VL now able to move to cloud with SA.: First step to merge the traditional licensing world with OnDemand or Cloud licensing based on SPLA program. This is a big step as will allow many clients with EAs to leverage the licensing investment. Long View as Hosted provider can use Lync, Sharepoint and other technologies for clients who already paid for the licensing in the traditional way. The key is that the client must have Sotware Assurance. More details to come.
Products include SQL server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Dynamics CRM
SALs for SA enhancement.
System Center Usage for Service Providers:
Single “pane of glass” via single console across SPLA & VL devices
Introduction of Core Infrastructure Suite for Service Providers
Removal of Outsourcing SKU for Win Server
Eliminating Scenario restrictions on “non-outsourcing”: SKU
Cover all scenarios, at a lower cost for windows server licenses
This first step is going to protect Microsoft EA from moving completely out to the Cloud and consequently not renewal however it may actually potentially move EA renewals to Cloud solutions. We will see how the CAL is developed but definitely is a shift on the licensing complexity to actually make it more simple (finally!!) kudos to the Microsoft Hosted team for pushing this change, specially Microsoft sponsors of the changes like Bob Kelly Corporate Vice President Server(who made the announcement) and Tools Business and Marco Limena Worldwide Communications Sector.