The only notable exception is Windows Server®. Windows Server® operating system licenses remain assigned to customers` local hardware. In a hosted environment® Windows Server is made available to you by the service provider (as part of its infrastructure software). It is not part of License Mobility. VMware offers its partners different benefits depending on the partner`s membership level – Registered, Professional, Enterprise, and Prime Minister. These benefits include access to marketing materials, training and technical support for VMware products and services, discounted product licenses, tools to help develop VMware product-based offerings, and the service provider`s list on the VMware partner landlord`s site. Depending on the membership level, VMware may also require the partner to earn a certain number of points per month or have a minimum number of VMware Certified Professionals (VCPs) as a collaborator. When these applications were made available on shared hardware, customers had to pay the service provider for the use of those licenses under another licensing program called a service provider license agreement. The goal of the program is to provide service provider partners with an easy-to-implement OpEx strategy to invest in VMware infrastructure on a paid-for-use model. The service provider can lease licenses of VMware products through a points system.
Each VMware offering costs a certain number of points, and the total points used per month determines how much VMware is billed to the service provider as a fee. One of the ways to get cloud computing is to move workloads into cloud environments hosted by service providers. Under these conditions, customers certainly don`t want to lose on the licensed investments they have already made for their on-premises server applications. Starting July 1, through Microsoft® Software Assurance, License Mobility is expanding the use of mentioned application server licenses in the cloud. This means that customers now have the flexibility to deliver certain server applications on-premises or in the cloud without having to purchase additional licenses. Servers eligible for license mobility include: if a customer wanted to host their volume license applications in a service provider`s data center, those applications had previously had to be hosted on dedicated servers. License mobility through Microsoft® Software Assurance makes it much easier to introduce cloud computing through your existing enterprise agreement, allowing for the flexibility needed to license to on-premises and hosted environments. Cloud computing imposes new licensing requirements.
Customers are looking for the flexibility to provide infrastructure that meets their needs, whether it`s on-premises, in the cloud, or as a hybrid of both. . . .