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Amazon Adopts Microsoft License Mobility with Software Assurance

Software giant Microsoft Corp.’s "license mobility with Software Assurance" program applies to the AWS hosting services, Amazon Web Services claimed last week.

This essentially means that all businesses bound by the Microsoft volume licensing and Software Assurance agreement, enjoy a bit of flexibility when it comes to exploiting Redmond, Washington’s server products. It is worth noting here that these products were originally licensed for only on-premises usage.

Businesses can shift those licenses to any public cloud hosted by a cloud vendor. This includes the leverage of AWS’ infrastructure-as-a-service offerings for utilising applications just on the lines of services, without requiring to climb high on the cost side.

“You can either purchase a new license or migrate your existing licenses through Software Assurance. Businesses who have a Microsoft Volume License with Software Assurance can now run their existing Windows Server application licenses on Amazon EC2,” the Amazon Web Services blog read (opens in new tab).

“There are no associated mobility fees and you have the flexibility to deploy workloads on-premise and on AWS,” it added.

Microsoft had revealed earlier i the year that the licensing mobility program would be applicable in the case of all service providers with SPLA agreements.

Ravi Mandalia

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