by Rachel Claxton
It’s no secret that Microsoft licensing is not the easiest of topics to get your head around, that’s why we’ve put some information together to help you understand the different licensing platforms and what they mean to you.
Microsoft agreements offer a range of options from a flexible procurement of online services to outright purchases of traditional on-premise licencing with attached benefits to support you such as, managing legacy environments or maintaining your own status quo.
This guide will provide you with an overview of the four most typical agreement types, Cloud Service Provider (CSP), Open Value and Subscription, Microsoft Product and Services Agreement (MPSA) and Enterprise Agreements (EA). Using the example scenarios, you will be able to determine which model best suits your business needs for both now and in the future.
Microsoft CSP is designed to offer customers a level of flexibility unlike any other Microsoft Agreement. CSP allows you to take advantage of a wide product portfolio, with no minimum license requirements and the ability to scale up or down at any time. These licenses are billed on a monthly basis, charging you retrospectively for your monthly usage.
The key products available include Microsoft 365, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility and Security and Azure – the best part being you only pay for what you use. If you have not yet taken advantage of Microsoft Azure services, you can also purchase on-premises subscriptions to cover your Infrastructure requirements.
You’ll also gain access to Bechtle’s own online marketplace where you can manage your license purchases and explore the portfolio available to you through our self-service programme. All of this is complimented by the support of the Bechtle solutions team who are available to guide you through your cloud journey and offer insight to optimisation opportunities and effective licence/cost/service management whilst also offering dedicated technical support where needed.
It's worth noting however that Microsoft are yet to publish all available Microsoft products through CSP so you may need to consider a secondary agreement (see Open Value options).
Flexibility only pay for what you want or use
No upfront costs
Bechtle offer some great discounts and strong SLA’s
The Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) is designed for organisations with more than 500 users/devices, where organisations are looking to licence 100% of their estate for a 3-year fixed term arrangement. There are options to commit to either a perpetual agreement or subscription program, both offering annual payment terms and access to both traditional and cloud platforms.
Why choose an EA?
Fixed Pricing for 3+ years
Microsoft offer two options for SMB with Open Value. Both models offer fixed term agreements for organisations with a minimum of 5 PCs that provide investment to Software assurance across the business and marginal discounts for investment in key platform products (Office, Windows & Core CAL suite).
Open Value -
This is a three-year perpetual licensing agreement (OVP) that provides access to both traditional product licences and online services (for Business only)
This is a three-year subscription licensing agreement (OVS) that provides access to both traditional product licences and online services (for Business only)
The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) offers a flexible purchase option that provides both Online services and traditional on-premises licencing (excludes Azure), suited for organisations over 250 users.
You can buy in a way that suits your organisations structure, easily providing services across regions whilst centralising control.
Benefits of MPSA…