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The SPLA programme lets you license Microsoft software products for software services. Software services are services you provide to your customers that make products available and that display, run, access or otherwise interact with Microsoft products. You provide these services from one or more data centres through the Internet, a telephony network or a private network on a rental, subscription or service basis.
Microsoft's SPLA is a versatile programme suitable for various different business models and usage scenarios.
The SPLA programme allows you to commercially host Microsoft licensed products, unlike other Microsoft volume licensing programmes, such as the Enterprise Agreement, Select Plus and Open License programmes. This includes the right to use them to provide software services for your customers or third parties.
The SPLA programme authorises you to provide software services on a rental basis to third parties who do not want to purchase licenses themselves.
You have greater flexibility when licensing Microsoft products to your customers in a dedicated or shared hosting environment. You can manage the services and Microsoft product user rights for your customers.
With a monthly use-based licensing payment structure, you pay for only what you authorised your customers to use the previous month. This gives you the option to reduce the number of licenses (true-down) each month. Licenses are reported in accordance with Microsoft's Services Provider User Rights (SPUR).
The SPLA offers fixed-term or subscription licenses that can be used for the duration of the agreement.
Two models are available to deploy licensed Microsoft products to your customers:
A SAL is required for each unique individual user or device that is authorised to access or otherwise use the licensed products. When using the SAL option, there is no need for a separate Server License.
Each processor/core license allows an unlimited number of users to access the product that is installed on that processor.
The following are key requirements for the SPLA:
For many companies, software licensing is a real enigma. Will you be charged per server, VM or user? What happens if you no longer need as many licences?
Our experienced Microsoft consultants shed light on these and many other questions. We’re happy to help you choose the right licensing model for your business. Just get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.