The Microsoft Cloud Platform Suite is a new licensing offer from Microsoft that will be available for Service Providers in the SPLA channel, starting January 2014. The Cloud Platform Suite provides heterogeneous virtual guest environments with one management system across multiple server operating systems. The Cloud Platform Suite is licensed in a Host plus Guest model. A customer will purchase a Microsoft Cloud Platform Suite license for the hardware to create the host fabric in which instances can run. This is considered the “Host” license. The customer will purchase individual Microsoft Cloud Platform Guest licenses for each of the virtual instances that it wants to run. A customer must license the highest number of virtual instances that it runs in a given month.
The Cloud Platform Suite includes two SKUs:
– Host SKU: Includes Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure Pack, host capabilities and rights to manage all guests
– Guest SKU: Includes Windows Server 2012 R2 guest capabilities
|PRODUCT FAMILY||License Model|
|Cloud Platform Suite (Host)||Per Processor|
|Cloud Platform Guest||Per Instance|