Microsoft make yet another change to their licensing programs, aimed at making it easier for organizations to license what they need.
The Server & Cloud Enrollment (SCE) is related to an EA (Enterprise Agreement) offers four components:
- Core Infrastructure
- Application Platform
- Developer Platform
- Windows Azure
Customers can choose any of these components individually or group them as needed. When choosing any of the first three components, customers will also have access to Windows Azure at the best pricing available.
How to get started
To enroll in an SCE, customers make an enterprise-wide commitment to one or more components. This means committing to full Software Assurance coverage across the installed base of an SCE component and in the case of System Center, committing to full System Center coverage on their Windows Server installed base through Core Infrastructure Suites (CIS).
- 15% off L+SA products and 5% off SA products, as well as 5% off Azure when another component is included.
- New subscription-based licensing options are available alongside perpetual licenses. This gives customers access to more flexibility when they need to retire workloads, consolidate, or migrate to the cloud.
- Core Infrastructure Suite (CIS) committed customers receive incremental rights to use System Center to manage Azure virtual machines and resources at no additional cost.
- Microsoft Premier Service’s customers may also qualify for unlimited problem resolution support for SQL Server, Windows Server and System Center, BizTalk Server and SharePoint Server.
- All the benefits of Software Assurance (SA). This includes access to License Mobility for many of our applications, which enables even more seamless migrations to the cloud.
The SCE makes it easier for customers to standardise on MS technologies, easier for customers to migrate to the Cloud and simplifies the licensing involved.
More info is available in the datasheet here: