When it comes to licensing, most of the time we discuss what you cannot do with the licenses. Today I thought I would touch on what you CAN do with Microsoft licenses as it pertains to the SPLA program. I came up with a list of ideas that you can take advantage of being a Microsoft hosting partner.
- Use SPLA licenses internally. There is a 50% rule with SPLA that states you can use 50% of what you are hosting for your internal employees. Let’s say you are hosting 10 Exchange licenses externally, the terms of the agreement states you can use up to 5 licenses internally. These licenses are not free, you would still need to report those 5 licenses on your monthly report (report a total of 15 licenses to your reseller). One way of reducing your volume licensing count.
- 60 Day Evaluation – This allows a service provider to host an application as a trial for up to 60 days per customer! Trick is you cannot receive a fee during this period.
- Customer Owned Licenses – Customers can bring their own licenses into your data center and you can host the software for them. The issue: you must host it in a physical dedicated environment (nothing shared amongst other customers).
- Install Servers on Customers Premise – As long as you own the hardware, you can locate the server at your customers location.
- Receive the latest version. As new technology is released, you will have access. (check SPUR for availability)
- Partner with another service providers to host the software. This is especially important for customers looking to deploy a Dynamics solution but are not Dynamics authorized.
It’s refreshing to write about what you can do. Microsoft is not always the bad guy!
Thanks for reading!