Microsoft 365 licensing guide

Microsoft 365 is like the ultimate tech bundle for companies. It’s licensed per user and includes goodies like Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. There’s two options for info workers (E3 and E5) and two options for firstline workers (F1 and F3). Basically, Microsoft 365 gives employees everything they need to…

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Licensing Q&A: What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft 365 is a subscription-based service offered by Microsoft that provides a range of productivity, collaboration, and security tools for businesses and individuals. It includes a combination of cloud-based services, such as Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. The components of Microsoft 365 include: Microsoft 365 also includes a number of other…

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Microsoft System Center 2022 licensing guide

Microsoft’s System Center 2022 is bringing all the cool cloud tech to your datacenter, so you can easily manage even the most complex environments. With tons of monitoring options, automatic provisioning for both hardware and virtual machines, and top-notch automation and configuration management, System Center 2022 is making datacenter management a breeze. If you enjoy…

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Introduction to Microsoft Core licensing models

If you’re new to Microsoft licensing one of the most basic concepts you need to learn about is understanding the Core licensing model. It’s Microsoft preferred metric for measuring computing power and keeping things consistent across different environments. Like, whether you’re using physical servers, virtual machines, or the cloud, core-based licensing has got you covered.…

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New Oracle Java Pricelist

Oracle has just rolled out a new pricing model for their Java SE subscriptions, moving away from the traditional Named User Plus and Processor metrics. Instead, the subscriptions will now be based on the “Employee for Java SE Universal Subscription” metric, which encompasses all full-time, part-time, and temporary employees of both the client company and…

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Oracle ULA – How to certify the unlimited agreement

We’re delighted to share this guest post by Redress Compliance, the widely known Oracle experts! What is an Oracle ULA? Oracle Unified Licensing Agreement (ULA) is an enterprise software agreement offered by Oracle for its enterprise software products. It is designed to provide customers with a simplified and cost-effective way to license Oracle products. Under…

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What is a software license audit?

Software license audits are a process by which organizations review and evaluate their software usage to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the software licenses they have acquired. This can include identifying which software applications are installed, determining how many licenses have been purchased and are in use, and identifying any potential overuse…

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A brief history of software licensing

Modern companies can’t exist without software. It is ingrained in the fabric of our societies, and everything depends on it to operate. From critical infrastructure, to communication, to transportation, to entertainment. Everything is organised and controlled by this software layer. While intangible, software has become a critical and extremely valuable asset for any organisation using…

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How NASA overspent $35 million on software licenses

NASA’s journey to the stars is impeded by a lack of proper software asset management (SAM), as detailed in a recent inspector general’s report. The reports notes that NASA’s current SAM practices have left the agency exposed to various cybersecurity risks and other significant operational and financial concerns. The agency, it seems, lacks a centralized…

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Microsoft Windows Server 2022 licensing guide

Want to know the ins and outs of Windows Server 2022 licensing? Look no further, because this guide is here to break it down for you. Just keep in mind that this guide is for informational purposes only and doesn’t replace any official documentation on Windows Server 2022 licensing. For all the nitty-gritty details on…

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Oracle Middleware licensing overview

As we delve into the realm of Middleware Licensing, we must remember that this topic, while complex, is made simpler by understanding the fundamental concepts already covered in our previous articles. Similar to Database Licensing, Middleware Licensing utilizes core licensing metrics but without the limitations imposed by different versions of Middleware components. The most commonly…

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Do you need to pay for Oracle Java?

Now, let’s be clear – Java has never been completely free. Some licensing was free before 2019, but most companies should have purchased a license long ago. Oracle wasn’t really enforcing it, so some companies got away without buying one. If you’re a company using Java for commercial purposes, it’s time to review your licensing…

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What is second hand licensing?

Second hand items are prolific throughout the world, from e-bay bicycles for your 2023 health kick to second hand laptops or graphics cards due to the chip shortage, people and businesses see value in items that were once used, however it’s often forgotten that non-physical digital assets continue to hold their value which can often…

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Microsoft Volume Licensing guide

If you’re looking to license Microsoft products for your organization, it’s important to understand the different Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements available. Each agreement offers a unique set of benefits, and choosing the right one for your business can help you save money and maximize the value of your investment in Microsoft technology. Here’s a quick…

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Microsoft 2023 price update

Microsoft has announced plans to implement “price harmonization” in 2023, which involves bringing local currency pricing in line with US dollar pricing to provide “more consistent pricing” for customers. This move will likely also prevent organizations from purchasing in regions other than their primary location (something that used to be a cost-saving tactic in some…

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Licensing Q&A: How do you license SQL Server 2022 in containers?

SQL Server can be used on Linux and Docker platforms, which means you can run it in containers using Docker. Containers are a way to run multiple isolated apps on a single system. They’re generally lighter and faster to start/stop than virtual machines, which provide more isolation and require more resources. For licensing, a container…

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The true cost of an Oracle license

When it comes to enterprise software, there’s no company more controversial than Oracle. The database giant is known for its aggressive sales tactics and complicated licensing schemes, which can end up costing organizations a fortune. Here’s a closer look at why Oracle’s licensing is so complicated and hard to understand. Complexity drives management cost up…

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Microsoft SQL Server 2022 licensing guide

Are you looking to get a handle on how Microsoft SQL Server 2022 is licensed through Microsoft Volume Licensing programs? This guide is here to help. Just keep in mind that it’s not meant to replace or supersede any legal documentation covering SQL Server 2022 use rights. You can find specific license terms for the…

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