You might have heard Microsoft has a new SPLA agreement coming out this month. With Microsoft, the changes only take effect when you sign a new SPLA. If your agreement has a 2010 version, you must adhere to the 2010 agreement terms, not the new agreement terms. There’s a lot of misinformation regarding this in the blog world. Remember the SQL 2008 use rights…in which you could license SQL by processor up until you sign a new agreement? These changes work the same way.
I wrote about this earlier, but here’s the biggest change in the 2013 terms
- Install SPLA licenses on customer owned hardware. The service provider can install SPLA on customer owned hardware — As long as the SERVER (not a PC) is MANAGED and CONTROLLED by the service provider. You CANNOT take a customer owned hardware that is already licensed under their own internal volume license agreement and install SPLA licenses on the same server. In other words, if a server is covered with the customer’s Enterprise Agreement for Windows, you cannot install SPLA licenses on the same server. If you would like to provide this service, contact your reseller. There is a new addendum that will allow you to provide this solution if you have a 2010 SPLA agreement. (no need to sign a new SPLA if you have the addendum).
- $100 (US) monthly reporting minimum. If you have a signed 2013 version of the SPLA, you must report a minimum of $100. Microsoft has a 6 month rule of zero usage, on the 7th month you must start reporting $100 a month. So….what happens if you only have $50 dollars worth of usage and sign a 2013 SPLA? You have to report $100 regardless. In my opinion, if you report less than $100 a month, use a third-party to host the software and use their SPLA. Please remember when you signed your SPLA. SPLA is a 3 year agreement.
- Azure- Just like using any other 3rd party as a data center, the SPLA customer can use Microsoft. In the event of termination, the SPLA customer is responsible for removing the software from their Azure servers.
- Hosting Community – in the past, SPLA customers would be required to join the hosting community as part of their agreement. As of 2013, this is no longer a requirement. I would still recommend joining, it does provide program updates. Just because it is no longer a requirement, does not mean Microsoft discontinued this resource.
That’s the main point(s) I wanted to review. Always good to understand timing. When you sign a new SPLA, you have to follow the new rules.
Thanks for reading,