Price for Microsoft licenses will be increased

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The New Year will bring price increasing for licenses of specific Microsoft software. According to Microsoft Corp. announcement, licenses fees will be increased in two phases — the first one starting from January 1, 2018, and the second from January 1, 2019. On average, the prices will increase 10-15% per each phase.

Due to the software developer’s pricing policy, from January 2018, we will have to update the fees of Rental Rights licensing on Microsoft software for our customers.

Starting from January 2018, the fees of Rental Rights licensing for Microsoft products will be as follows:

The licensing of the new orders of Windows 2012/2016 will be carried out according to the number of server CPU cores (regardless of HyperThreading technology). At least 8 cores are needed for the licensing. When necessary, further increasing is done in twos. The cost of a license package for Windows Server 2012/2016 with 2 cores will be 4.52 EUR.

For the customers who licensed Windows Server 2008 or ordered before 1/1/2018, to avoid switching to a new licensing fee, the cost of a processor unit will be 20.90 EUR per month. For the new orders, the option of licensing by processor units is no longer available.

Example 1: The E3-1230 processor unit has 4 cores. Before, the license fee was 19 EUR per month. From 1/1/2018, it is necessary to license CPU cores. The minimum 4 packages with 2 cores each will cost 4*4.52 = 18.08 EUR, making it cheaper.

Example 2: The E5-2630 V4 processor unit has 10 cores. It needs 5 packages with 2 cores each, making it 5*4.52 = 22.6 EUR per month. The fees double correspondingly in case the server has two such CPUs.

The Datacenter release is also licensed, with the license package fee for 2 cores being 31.40 EUR.

SQL Server license fee will also be changed:

  • SQL Server Standard Core - 162,50 EUR
  • SQL Server Enterprise Core - 623,17 EUR
  • SQL Server Standard User - 17,56 EUR

License costs for the rest of Microsoft products will remain the same.

According to Microsoft, the raising of costs is driven by active product development, in particular, software for the IaaS and PaaS cloud projects, and implementation of innovative features. In 2018, the corporation plans to provide its customers with more high-quality and functional products.

We are sure that the quality improvements introduced within Microsoft software will exceed our customers’ expectations and make it worthy of the purchasing costs. For more details about the MS software license fees, please contact our Customer Care.

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