Good news for those who have customers who want you to host Windows 10 in your shared cloud environment – they might now have that as an option. Microsoft recently announced “Multitenant Hosting Rights for Windows 10. You can read the announcement here
What is it?
Allows customers who purchased qualified Windows 10 licenses the ability transfer those licenses over to a Qualified Multi-Tenant Hoster shared datacenter environment.
Why is this important?
For years SPLA partners have asked for VDI in SPLA. Although this is not technically VDI in SPLA, is does provide an avenue to implement a virtual desktop session from your shared server environment. At the end of the day, it gives your end customers deployment options.
Can I still license Windows Desktop in SPLA?
No. Windows desktop licenses were removed last year. You can read/download the lease agreement that outlines the details here
What are the requirements?
To no surprise, the SPLA partner must be CSP Tier 1 authorized. They must also sign the Qualified Multitenant Hoster addendum and have an active SPLA with Microsoft. To get the QMH (another Microsoft acronym) you can contact email@example.com or your Microsoft Reseller.
What happens if I offer dedicated environments? Do I still need the addendum?
No. If it is 100% dedicated (isolated hardware) you can always transfer end customer licenses over to your datacenter environment. Whenever it is shared – VM or hardware, you must consider SPLA or in this case the QMH addendum)
When is it available?
Program will be available August 1, 2017 for VL and September 6, 2017 to transact in CSP.
Can I bundle my customers Office solution they purchased as well as Windows 10 to offer a complete VDI experience?
Yes. This is a great way to bundle different desktop applications.
If you provide IaaS to your customers, this is definitely something you should consider. Any time you can offer your customers the ability to leverage existing investments the better. Azure is not going away. In fact, you don’t have to be QMH authorized to leverage Azure as your datacenter provider. Please review the announcement, there will be a lot more information on this in the coming days. I will also write out several scenarios to make this more simple. As always, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading,