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Microsoft Enterprise Advantage Licensing on MPSA

05 July,2016 by Tom Collins

There is an increased focus on DBAs understanding and managing SQL Server licensing .  Licensing options are evolving . In organisations with multiple RDBMS platforms – the aim is to maximise a stable platform while maintaining costs – understanding and applying the licensing  offers of different vendors can have serious impact on RDBMS platform decisions and costs.

There’s a new addition to the licensing knowledge base – Enterprise Advantage on MPSA (Microsoft products and Services Agreement). MPSA is a licensing solution combining Cloud , software assurance and software.

Firstly – do not confuse this licensing with existing Enterprise Agreements. In case you’re thinking there will be an immediate impact – Microsoft announced they are allowing existing Enterprise Agreement customers to sign a further 36 month agreement.

Secondly - Enterprise Advantage is MPSA, but with a minimum of a 500 user/device. The idea is for medium to larger organisations more flexibility of organisation purchasing under the umbrella of the one agreement.

Thirdly – all products in the existing Enterprise Agreement continue to be available in the MPSA.

The introduction of this licensing agreement - Enterprise Advantage Licensing on MPSA – reflects the increased focus on Cloud Services  and the need to streamline the current offering.    For example – there are two options in Enterprise Advantage Licensing on MPSA – organisation-wide and transactional.

For the DBA – there is some impact in capacity planning  and reporting on licensing usage.  As we begin to understand the impact of Enterprise Advantage Licensing on MPSA ,it will filter into resource management decisions.

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