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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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Now Available

Our friends on the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit team are pleased to announce that MAP Toolkit 8.0 is now available for download. This follows our November 2012 blog post on its beta availability: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 Beta Now Available. The MAP Toolkit 8.0 download link is here. You can…

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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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