Microsoft has announced a new licensing plan aimed at helping organizations more easily transition to cloud computing.
Under the new volume licensing offering, customers will be able to apply their existing application server licenses covered by Software Assurance to the cloud, without incurring any additional licensing costs.
In a blog highlighting the changes, Microsoft said the changes apply to such application servers as Microsoft SQL, Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, System Center and Dynamics CRM. Beyond maintaining Software Assurance, Microsoft said there is no additional purchase requirement to take advantage of the mobility rights.
“Microsoft is making enhancements to license mobility because our customers and partners have asked us to enhance flexibility of our licensing to support the range of IT deployment options that are available to them today, including on-premises, Microsoft delivered cloud services and partner delivered cloud services,” the company said in a statement.
Microsoft said changes will also aid service providers by eliminating the prior requirement for dedicated hardware. The changes are scheduled to come into effect July 1, 2011.
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