Here’s the latest news of the month for all MSP’s and SPLA providers. Enjoy!
This month is a month we will remember for the rest of our lives. That’s right, today SQL 2017 is available to run on…a non-Microsoft system?
From the licensing guide: “SQL Server 2017 now supports deployment on RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Ubuntu, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). The SQL Server 2017 SKUs are platform agnostic, so customers can run the software on either Windows or Linux.” (check it out here)
What this means for those anti-Microsoft lovers is a customer who demands SQL can now install SQL 2017 on a Linux machine and not report Windows. The machine cannot run any Windows guest VM’s for it not to be reported. Pay attention to that last sentence as we get asked a lot about licensing individual VM’s instead of the actual host. In Windows licensing, you license the physical host, not the VM’s. If there are 100 Linux VM’s and only 1 Windows VM, you must license the host with Windows Datacenter to be in compliant.
Azure Stack Availability
The long await is over – Azure Stack is now shipping through the OEM channel (Dell, Lenovo, HPE) You can read more about this announce here From a licensing perspective, I think it is less expensive to license Windows through SPLA than pay as you use model. It’s more of a predictable cost in my opinion. This is one way Microsoft is attempting to extend Azure (public cloud) into your private cloud and have the best of both worlds.
Satya Nadella “Hit Refresh” book is available at a time when we are all in a strange way, hitting refresh. The cloud transformation is only getting more complex – hybrid, dedicated, Google, AWS, Azure, every company is transforming to try and get the slightest edge over their competitors. I look forward to reading it and every dollar goes to Microsoft charities. Regardless of what you think of Microsoft, Satya seems like one of the good guys. You can check out more about the book here
More to come –
Thanks for reading,