Office 365, a new way to get CALs

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Sometimes I am amazed about the changes on licensing that are coming thanks to the Cloud. It is obvious that Microsoft is putting its socks on to enable the transition to Cloud licensing faster and with agility.

Here is another example

Office 365 entitles you to us as CALs in your on premise infrastructure for the equivalent licenses you are using in the Cloud

This is an example for Lync, note that you can also see similar for SharePoint, Forefront, and Exchange etc.

Lync Server 2010 Enterprise

The license terms that apply to your use of this product are the Universal License Terms, the General License Terms for this Licensing Model, and the following:     

Self-Hosting of Applications Allowed: No   Additional Software: Yes

License Mobility Within Server Farms: Yes

Included Technologies: .NET Framework and/or Powershell Software (See Universal License Terms)

BASE CALs

You need:

•           Lync Server 2010 Standard CAL, or

•           Core CAL Suite3, or

•           Core CAL Bridge for Windows Intune3, or

•           Enterprise CAL Suite1, or

•           Enterprise CAL Bridge for Windows Intune2, or

•           Lync Plan 1 USL, or

•           Lync Plan 1G USL, or

•           Lync Plan 2 USL, or       

•           Office 365 Plan E1-E4 User SL, or

•           Office 365 Plan A3-A4 User SL,

 

ADDITIVE CALs

Additional Functionality:

•           Audio, Video and Web Conferencing

•           Desktop Sharing Required Additive CAL:

•           Lync Server 2010 Enterprise CAL, or

•           Enterprise CAL Suite1, or

•           Enterprise CAL Bridge for Windows Intune2, or

•           Lync Plan 2 User SL , or

•           Office 365 Plan E1-E4 User SL, or

•           Office 365 Plan A3-A4 User SL, or

•           Live Meeting Standard User SL, or

•           Live Meeting Professional User SL

1 with active Software Assurance coverage on December 1, 2010, or later

2 with active Software Assurance coverage on March 1, 2011, or later

 Additional Functionality:

•           Voice Telephony

•           Call Management            Required Additive CAL:

•           Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL, or

•           Lync Online Plan 3 User SL, or

•           Office 365 Plan E4 User SL

Some licenses will need the following:

Active Software Assurance coverage on December 1, 2010, or later

Active Software Assurance coverage on March 1, 2011, or later

Active Software Assurance coverage on August 1, 2011, or later

 

This is in my opinion a helpful way to transition from Volume Licensing to Cloud Licensing in this case with Office 365, helping the “mobility rights” not only from Software Assurance to the Cloud but from the Cloud back to the traditional infrastructure.

Source of information: Microsoft Product Use Rights

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