Simpler Licensing Options to Give Customers Better Access to Cloud Solutions

Industry analysts forecast the continued ascension of cloud infrastructure technology as a key market driver for the foreseeable future. For example, IDC’s 3rd Platform describes a vast array of always-connected smart mobile devices and pervasive use of social networking layered over a cloud-based server infrastructure as the primary growth driver of the ICT industry over…

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center upgrades its disaster recovery at no cost through the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement

Nationally ranked Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) provides a full spectrum of healthcare services to the citizens of New Hampshire and Vermont, but it needed to evaluate its disaster recovery program. Through DHMC’s already existing Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) license, it upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 at no cost. To…

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Embracing cloud computing through Microsoft Volume Licensing Innovations

By Richard SmithGeneral Manager, Microsoft World Wide Licensing & Pricing (WWLP) Richard is responsible for the design and maintenance of our current and new Volume Licensing Programs plus the Marketing and Readiness for Microsoft’s Licensing & Pricing. This is the second in a series of blog posts about how Microsoft’s licensing is evolving to enable…

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2012’s Top Five Microsoft Volume Licensing Blog Posts

Looking for more information from Microsoft on Software Assurance, licensing for virtual environments, Software Asset Management, the Enterprise Agreement or the Microsoft Services Agreement? We’ve rounded up five of 2012’s most viewed Microsoft Volume Licensing blog posts, which cover these topics, and included links to related blog posts: Making the Most of Software Assurance Benefits:…

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Volume Licensing Blog Interviews Partners at WPC

Last week the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) occurred in Toronto, Canada.  During the conference we were glad to catch up with a few partners to discuss a range of topics spanning overall impressions of the keynotes, license mobility through Software Assurance, adoption of cloud technologies, how recent licensing updates are facilitating that adoption as…

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Microsoft’s Lady Licensing Details How System Center 2012 Licensing Makes Cloud Management Easier

Microsoft’s own “Lady Licensing,” Emma Healey, posted a blog entry today about System Center 2012 (SC 2012) simplifing its multi-SKU lineup to two editions (datacenter and standard) to provide an integrated solution to manage applications across private, public and hybrid cloud scenarios.  She discusses how the updated licensing changes better align users with a hybrid cloud management…

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Microsoft adopts ISO software identification (SWID) tags to help customers manage IT inventory

From virtualization, device proliferation and the consumerization of IT, managing an enterprise’s IT inventory is becoming increasingly complex and time consuming.  But it’s a task of significant importance, as organizations want to take advantage of every software license they hold, and manage the updates, support and service that are attendant.  Getting an accurate count on…

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[Updated] Check out the Microsoft Private Cloud & System Center 2012

    VIDEO: With the launch of System Center 2012, the enterprise datacenter evolves in a fundamental way, with huge implications across the business. Hear what’s behind System Center 2012 from the Microsoft engineers and product managers who build the product.             #  #  # Earlier today, Microsoft announced the System Center 2012 release candidate during…

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