Software License Rental in the Cloud: Part 1

Renting software licenses in the cloud can get confusing and complicated. We are here to help you with that! In part one of our video blog, we discuss the multi-tenant private cloud example. Look out for part two on Monday.  

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Today we're going to talk about software license rental.

Having our own cloud for the last couple years, we have seen a flurry of questions from our clients as to why they need to rent licenses in the cloud versus buying them. And so it's a big topic, so we're going to do it in two parts.

This is part one, and what we're going to do is cover the example where you have a multi-tenant private cloud.

So to start with, we're in a data center.

So we're off-site in the cloud somewhere. And our customer in this case, needs to have a remote desktop services, which is Microsoft software-- so that that is the way they access their systems. And you can see here the user is experiencing that remotely.

And then we have Windows Server, which is the base server software required for to run all applications.

And then we've added a couple here--we have Microsoft Exchange Server, which is an email product.

And we have Microsoft SQL Server, which is a database product.

Again, in a multi-tenant private cloud we have the client in a shared hardware environment. And that's important because it dictates what our licensing options are.

The client is isolated within the shared environment, but it is multi-tenant.

Microsoft rules state that you must rent remote desktop services and Windows Server. It's not an option, you can't buy it. You rent it per user and you pay per month.

If your users go up, it goes up. If you go down, you go down.

The other products here though, you have an option. You can either rent it or you can purchase it.

If you purchase it, it is with software assurance with license mobility.

Again, the cloud provider--in this case, Fluid, would help you through this. But ultimately, it's your responsibility to make sure your license counts are accurate, and that your user accounts are accurate.

Where most people get confused is when we say you don't have an option and you must rent.

This is all coming from Microsoft, and once again, Microsoft changes on a daily basis. So it's always good to keep up to date with them, which your cloud provider should help you with.