Azure Stack Licensing Guide for Hosters and Service Providers

Microsoft release an Azure Stack Licensing Guide for Hosters and Service Providers which gives a good overview of how partners can provide Azure Stack services through CSP and license Windows Server workloads through SPLA. Find this guide in the Online Services section with the rest of the Microsoft Licensing Guides here:

Microsoft Hosting and CSP Newsletter

The May 2016 Hosting and Cloud Service Provider newsletter is out.

There are three topics of licensing interest: firstly, SQL Server 2016 is available through SPLA on 1 June 2016 with the removal of both the BI edition and the Core Factor table. Then there’s notice of a change to the SPUR release schedule – now it will only be refreshed where there are new use rights. Finally, there’s a reminder of a licensing webinar on 9 June with this link adding it to your calendar:

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February 2016 Self-Hosted Applications Volume Licensing Brief

There’s a new (February 2016) Self-Hosted Applications Volume Licensing Brief.

The major change is that Unified Solutions may now be deployed on shared hardware and there’s a section added explaining the various possible scenarios on pages 3-4.

This also leads, of course, to a need for clarification on how Windows Server must now be licensed for a Unified Solution, and there’s reference throughout the document to the options: through your own or a Service Provider’s SPLA, through Azure, or making use of the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

Get the Brief here:

Presentation: Licensing Options for Partner Hosted Cloud

This is a useful presentation detailing the licensing of lots of different hosting scenarios. Partner Hosting is the main focus and there are slides on dedicated hosting, hybrid hosting, and shared hosting.

Everything is scenario-based and you’ll find examples with Licence Mobility through SA, the RDS User CAL Extended Rights, and the more mind-bending multiple-partner SPLA situations.

There’s also a section on some options for Volume Licensing customers who want to license external users for web workloads or self-hosted ISV applications.