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Microsoft is set to announce changes to the terms of reference for the hosting channel (service providers contracted under SPLA). This will result in a change in the T&C’s for the hosting community with the contract refresh coming in September 2013 with specific reference to how Service Providers can contract with end user customers. The current rule dictates that service providers cannot use end user customer hardware to provide hosting services using Microsoft technology. This direct correlation with hardware ownership is going to be replaced by the following “managed and controlled by service provider” on End User facilities.


One of the more interesting tidbits we learned while at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is that wait for Lync Voice breakout for O365 is over. At this year’s Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference, it was revealed that Microsoft will allow the hosting community to leverage Microsoft O365 E3 and E4 plan customers, to provide hybrid agreement multi-tenant Lync Voice services.

This allows service providers working under the SPLA framework to provide Lync hosting services with PSTN breakout, which integrates with their customers O365 tenancy.

For current Lync solution providers, this announcement bridges both a technical, infrastructure and licensing gap and aligns further Microsoft’s broad cloud approach from a partner perspective.

Interested? Then get in touch with us to discuss your options.


Summary of requirements for Windows Server licensed per processor under SPLA:

1.     You need a license for each physical CPU

2.     You also need a license for each vCPU

Exceptions & qualifications to the above for Enterprise Edition:

EE allows up to 4 VMs per licensed server, but this right is misleading as SPUR says:

You need one software license for each physical processor on a server, which permits you to run on that server, at any one time:

  • one instance of the server software in one physical operating system environment (or OSE) , and
  • four instances of the server software in virtual operating system environments (or OSEs).  You may run only one instance per virtual operating system
    environment (or OSE). You may run an instance of Standard in place of Enterprise in any of these virtual operating system environments (or OSEs).

But the SPUR also says:

i)     For each additional set of up to four instances of the server software that you run in virtual operating system environments (or OSEs), you need an additional software license for each physical processor on the server.

Roughly translated this means: Read More »