Microsoft have made some changes to their licensing, specifically aimed at making VDI adoption easier and more cost effective.
VDI with Microsoft is done via VECD (Virtual Enterprise Centralised Desktop) and there are 2 types of VECD licence available, one for machines without Software Assurance and one for machines with SA, priced at:
So, although greatly reduced, there is still an extra cost on top of a customer’s investment in Software Assurance.
However, from July 1st 2010, Software Assurance for Windows Client will include the VECD licence at no extra charge; simultaneously reducing the barriers to VDI adoption and increasing the amazing benefits and ROI that Software Assurance offers…good work Redmond!
Also from that date, machines without SA will be covered by a Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licence, priced at $100.
July 1st also gives customers licensed with the above the rights to access their virtual desktop from secondary, non-corporate machines such as home PC’s, hotel machines etc.