According to new reports, Microsoft is going to modify their current licensing rules, thus enabling customers to relocate their existing servers to the cloud for no extra costs.
The modified rules, dubbed “license mobility”, are like to be effective from July 1 onwards.
The new set of rules will cover customers, currently enjoying Volume License deals through Software Assurance for Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Lync Server, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Microsoft System Center servers.
Thanks to these changes, these customers will now be able to relocate their software to a shared cloud provider, without requiring to pay any extra.
“Microsoft will start offering license mobility in July to extend customers’ current Volume License investments under SA to the cloud. License Mobility will provide customers the flexibility to deploy certain server applications with active Software Assurance on-premises or in the cloud, without having to buy additional licenses,” Microsoft explained about the new license structure.
According to Microsoft, these changes will eventually work as a green signal for CIOs and Service Providers, which desire to give cloud services a shot, but without renewing their licenses.
And in the event anything goes wrong with the cloud deal, the affected organisations can swiftly move back their software from the cloud.