Thursday, December 22, 2011

Microsoft Enterprise Agreements - Microsoft SQL Server Strategies

In case you haven't heard it yet, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is going to contain some major licensing changes. Customers with existing (or new prior to the release of SQL Server 2012) Enterprise Agreements (EA) or Enrollment for Application Platforms (EAP) with SQL Server included on those agreements have some great opportunities right now but should be working out a strategy to meet their current and projected needs.

If you're unaware of the changes, check out our blog on Network World to find out more details.

If you have SQL Server Enterprise on your EA or EAP before the release of the 2012 version you can continue to purchase the same licensing model until the end of your agreement. In other words, even though the SQL Server Enterprise server and Client Access License (CAL) model will disappear with the release of 2012, if you already have that model on your EA or EAP you can continue buying under that model until your agreement ends. Additionally, if you have SQL Server Enterprise processor licenses on your EA or EAP, you can continue to purchase processor licenses (rather than core licenses) through the end of your agreement.

This presents a number of opportunities for organizations to save money moving forward but having a strategy will be key! If you don't already have these products on your EA or EAP, you might want to consider if you should add them prior to the release of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (as opposed to waiting until your next true-up which might mean you miss an opportunity). 

As always, let us know if we can help you create a Microsoft licensing strategy that is most beneficial to your organization!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Microsoft Windows Server Price Increase? Check Your Sources!

It has come to my attention that one of the large resellers is telling their US clients that Microsoft will be doing a 15% price increase on Microsoft Windows Server products effective January 1, 2012. The information I've received is that this is not accurate, that it does not apply to the US (Latin America may want to check into it though). 

However; I'm not a reseller and I'm not Microsoft so I don't have access to price lists. So, the point of my story? Check your sources! If one of your resellers is giving you this advice, please check it out with another reliable reseller and with your Microsoft account team. 

 Additionally, if your reseller does give you this type of wrong advice...might be time to re-evaluate resellers. Yes, everyone can make mistakes - but I'll tell you frankly, this reseller has been on my list of "least desirables" for a long time due to some of their practices and this just put a nail in their coffin for me. 

Happy Holidays - and here's hoping that January doesn't bring a price increase on Microsoft Server products!