Microsoft Software Licensing in Australia Meets the Cloud

By Tracy Toth

With IT departments embracing cloud computing and heavy virtualisation more extensively than ever, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft, analysts and enterprise organisations realised that the traditional Microsoft software licensing mechanism no longer made sense.

As a result, software licensing for Microsoft products — in Australia, New Zealand and around the globe — has changed dramatically in recent years. If you haven’t reassessed your Microsoft software licensing strategy lately, you may be surprised by all of the changes.

Why so much change in Microsoft volume licensing programmes?

Software licenses are now invoked on demand, with computing power coming from shared servers that are used dynamically based on need. Software companies are scrambling to adjust to the new era because their software licenses were written before cloud computing and virtualisation took center stage in the IT world.

Per-processor and per-server license agreements don’t align with an IT environment that activates processing power and software on demand to meet user needs.

Datacom’s consultants keep up-to-date regarding the latest changes in Microsoft software licensing as it applies to enterprise organisations in Australia and New Zealand. We can assist you if your organisation is moving to the cloud and embracing virtualisation but is not sure how to approach your Microsoft licensing requirements.

There are a number of stumbling blocks to be avoided as you make the change. On the flip side, many of our clients find that there are tremendous cost savings to be had during the migration process as a result of some of the new Microsoft volume licensing offerings that are available to Australian companies and New Zealand companies through Datacom.

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