201611.14
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Microsoft Clarifies Rules Related to Self-Hosting

I previously presented my thoughts here regarding changes Microsoft made to its Product Terms pertaining to the Self-Hosted Applications benefit under Software Assurance. After publishing that entry, Microsoft reached out to me to clarify that the principal effect of the change actually is to increase self-hosting rights by extending them to deployments hosted by a…

201610.13
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What’s Hidden in your SPLA?

MSPs have a variety of licensing options with their vendors. But, which license options are the best for your MSP practice? At the MSPAlliance MSPWorld Conference in October 2016, managed services contract guru, Julie Machal-Fulks, discussed the many licensing options currently being offered by vendors and provided helpful guidance on which licenses are more likely…

201610.05
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3 Backup Tips to Protect Your Firm’s Data

Julie Machal-Fulks, Texas Lawyer, 10/3/16 A law firm’s electronic data can be critical to the firm’s efficiency. If a firm’s electronic information were lost or otherwise unusable, it could hinder or even cripple the firm’s ability to successfully represent its clients. To help reduce the risks associated with lost data, many firms have a process…

201609.20
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To SPLA or Not to SPLA – Microsoft Licensing for the Hosting Services Provider

Microsoft publishes what have become industry standards for numerous different software products, and the market for hosted software solutions that incorporate or that are built on Microsoft programs is a lucrative one. However, Microsoft has very specific licensing requirements for making its products available to end users through commercial hosting services, and the failure to…

201609.20
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Six Secrets to Offering Commercial Hosting Services using Microsoft SPLA

In its OEM, retail and volume license agreements, Microsoft prohibits its customers from using its products for “commercial hosting services.” That prohibition leaves a major hole in Microsoft’s license grant for IT and software service providers and for any other companies with customer-facing applications hosted on Microsoft infrastructure. As a result, many companies now require…

201609.20
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Negotiating Enterprise Licensing and Cloud Service Agreements with Microsoft

Software licensing options for large enterprises have evolved substantially over the past several years. Businesses today have more options and flexibility to meet their software needs. However, with that flexibility often comes complex software asset management (SAM) obligations. Licensing models that were previously unavailable absent extensive negotiations are now regularly offered. IT teams must equip…