Our friend Azure is at it again. He’s offering Windows license mobility without calling it license mobility. It’s called HUB – Hybrid Use Benefit. And yes, it’s only available in Azure.
What is it exactly? Well let’s say an organization purchased Windows Datacenter with Software Assurance. Because they purchased the server with Software Assurance, Microsoft will allow them to run a separate instance in Azure and only pay the Linux VM rate.
This same customer can now deploy an image in Azure, pay a non Windows rate (in Azure), and still run an on premise server in their own datacenter to make a true hybrid scenario. They can do this with Datacenter edition only, since Datacenter allows unlimited virtual instances. They cannot run a true hybrid with Standard. They must either run on premise or in Azure with Standard edition. If you are on the fence about which version to purchase, Datacenter might just win out.
A couple of things to consider. 1) You have to pay attention to the number of licenses you purchased for you on premise servers. If you purchased Datacenter that has two processor licenses, this will all you to run two instances up to 8 cores or 1 instance up to 16 cores in Azure. In other words, you cannot exceed the number of licenses you purchased. 2) If you do decide to run Datacenter on premise as well as in Azure, you must maintain CALs for your on premise solution. Azure does not require CALs, but that doesn’t mean your on premise CAL requirement goes away.
So there you have it. Confused yet? If not, wait until I write more about Office 365! Questions? Email me at email@example.com
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