Explore your licensing options between Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA), license mobility and SPLA, Go hosted with BeMo and Save a bundle

Did you know that Microsoft customers with internal-use Volume Licensing could bring their own licenses to BeMo and deploy their applications either on BeMo dedicated physical or virtual servers?

Yes, this is absolutely the truth and while one of the main benefits is to enable customers to save a lot of money by using the licenses they have already paid for, it also allows them to get their services deployed very quickly. This is all possible since BeMo is a Microsoft Authorized Mobility Partner.

How did that happen?

Up until recently, Volume Licensing (VL) was the only option allowing customers to deploy OS and applications on dedicated physical servers either on premise or outsourced (hosted) and SPLA was the only option for shared applications (Fig. 1).

Figure 1:
Deployment scenarios prior to License Mobility through Software Assurance

This approach left a gap whereas customers were not able to use their own licenses while taking advantage of the power, flexibility and efficiency of cloud computing.  Now, with License Mobility through Software Assurance, customers have a solution to move certain VL licensed applications to a shared hardware infrastructure in the cloud or Virtual Machines (VM’s) provided it is still for that customer’s sole use. This new scenario, illustrated in Figure 2, gives the option to Microsoft VL customers with eligible[i] application server licenses that are covered by active Software Assurance to move certain application workloads to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IasS) cloud as necessary. Eligible Volume Licensing programs include the Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Subscription Agreement, and Microsoft Open Value Agreement, where Software Assurance is included, and other Volume Licensing programs where Software Assurance is an option, such as Microsoft Open License or Select Plus. As a customer, you must maintain appropriate Client Access Licenses (CALs) with Software Assurance in their Volume Licensing agreement for accessing the application servers.

Figure 2:
License Mobility through Software Assurance customer implementation (IaaS)

Now, as a customer what are my options for going hosted?

Outsourcing: Customer with valid Volume Licensing Agreement can bring their own OS and application licenses to BeMo and have their solution deployed on dedicated physical servers

License Mobility: Customer with valid Volume Licensing Agreement with Software Assurance (SA) can bring their own application licenses to BeMo and have their solution deployed in dedicated private Virtual Machines (90 days min. per Microsoft requirement).

SPLA (Service Provider License Agreement): Customers who prefer to pay-as-they-go with no up-front cost can simply ask BeMo to provide all the software licenses for them.

Did anything change with the traditional outsourcing option?

Nothing changed, it’s still out there and it’s a great option to choose for any dedicated physical server deployment.

What is the process for License Mobility?

1. Assess Your Licenses

Work with your licensing procurement team or your Microsoft representative or preferred reseller to understand your license position. You will want to confirm:

  • The application server licenses you want to deploy with BeMo are eligible as identified in the current Product Use Rights (PUR).
  • The application server licenses you want to deploy with BeMo have active Software Assurance coverage.

2. Contact BeMo

Visit our website, request a quote or contact BeMo sales team by email sales@bemopro.com or by phone at +1 702 529 0820 option 1.

3. Deploy with BeMo

Eligible licenses can be deployed on any BeMo shared datacenter to help lower your cloud infrastructure costs by letting BeMo use your existing licenses.

4. Verify Your Licenses

Within 10 days of deployment, complete the License Verification Form available on the Volume Licensing website (scroll down and select “License Verification” in the Document Type box) and provide it to your Microsoft representative or preferred reseller partner representative, so s/he can submit your form to Microsoft. Microsoft uses the completed form to verify that the licenses for the workloads you deploy to the cloud are eligible per the terms of your License Mobility through Software Assurance benefit, and confirms this information to both you and your Authorized Mobility Partner.

Why should you go hosted with BeMo?

BeMo is a Software as a Service provider specialized in EPM solutions built on Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010, delivering cost-effective enterprise-grade hosted services from small to Fortune 500 companies. Our array of innovative solutions includes:

BeMo Cloud, our multi-tenant offering which is the only on-demand Microsoft Project Server 2010 in the world ready in less than 30 minutes.

BeMo dedicated server plans for Project Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010 which can be deployed in USA, Canada, Netherlands and Singapore.

BeMo Content Pack, the easiest way to get a training and demonstration environment for Microsoft Project Server 2010 – No special hardware or complicated virtualization software required.

BeMo Lite for Android and BeMo Lite for iPhone, mobile applications bringing the power of Project Server 2010 in the palm of your hand.

We provide significant discount for volume purchase, academic users and customers with a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. Visit our website or contact us for more details.

What else should I know?

Microsoft allows Volume Licensing customers to deploy certain Microsoft products into BeMo shared environments with License Mobility through Software Assurance. Any Microsoft Volume Licensing customer who has eligible application server licenses covered with active Software Assurance can elect to use License Mobility through Software Assurance. A customer’s application server licenses can be assigned to run server instances on shared hardware in a service provider’s datacenter. However, while sharing hardware, such server instances must be dedicated to that single customer, and cannot be shared with other customers.

Only eligible products covered with active Software Assurance can be deployed through License Mobility through Software Assurance. To see which products are eligible, see the ‘Software Assurance Benefits’ section in the Microsoft Product Use Rights (PUR) at http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/product-licensing.aspx. This section of the PUR contains additional information and the rights specific to License Mobility through Software Assurance.

Customer will need to verify his licenses for eligibility to exercise the License Mobility through Software Assurance rights. To start the verification process and review additional details on License Mobility through Software Assurance, go to:  http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/software-assurance/license-mobility.aspx.

Getting Answers

The License Mobility Verification Guide is a step-by-step guide to completing and submitting the License Verification form.

For questions about the verification processes not addressed in the Verification Guide, please contact your Microsoft representative or preferred reseller.

For more information

Consult the License Mobility through Software Assurance Customer Program Guide

Contact BeMo sales team by email sales@bemopro.com or by phone at +1 702 529 0820 option 1

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[i]   Eligible products are identified in the Microsoft Product Use Rights (PUR) under the Appendix “Software Assurance Benefits.” Microsoft Dynamics ERP products are not sold through Volume Licensing and are not sold online, but the License Mobility rules around provision for deploying in shared environments will still apply.

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