Zettagrid uses the Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) to deliver Microsoft Applications to our Windows Customers on a monthly rental basis.
Operating System Licenses
- For Virtual Servers, the cost of the OS license is included in your monthly charge.
- For Virtual Data Centres your OS licences are optional and can be purchased at the time of VDC ordering or later on.
Monthly Software Licensing
You can consume Microsoft Licenses (SQL, Exchange, Office etc) software licenses on a monthly basis. To order visit our license product catalog. Once you have purchased we will make the software available to you as ISO mount (i.e. DVD Drive) for you to begin the installation. In the case of capacity upgrades (i.e. Terminal Server CALs/SALs) we will inform you when these are activated.
Q: Can I rent other Microsoft licenses?
A: Yes, Zettagrid has access to full range of Microsoft SPLA licensed products. Please contact our sales if you would like to rent one of the following licenses on monthly basis.
- Microsoft Dynamics
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Project
- Microsoft SharePoint Server
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Microsoft System Center
- Microsoft Visual Studio
Q: Can I license windows for my entire VDC?
A: Yes! At Zettagrid you can license your VDC for unlimited instances of Microsoft Windows Server with our Windows VDC license. If you have a VDC containing ten or more Windows VMs then this license is for you. With the VDC license you no longer have to worry about buying or returning licenses as you add or remove Windows VMs to your VDC. You can run any supported edition and version of Microsoft Windows Server.
Q: What is a processor license?
A: A processor is a way of licensing Microsoft software on a subscription basis within Zettagrid. A processor license allows an unlimited number users access to the Microsoft software. Processor licenses are usually more expensive than a Subscriber Access License (SAL), however they become cost-effective with increasing number of users. Unlike a SAL which can be used to access more than one instance (or VM) of the software, a processor license has a direct relation to the number of VM?s you have. If you have ONE VM then you need ONE set of processor licenses, if you have TWO VM?s then you must purchases TWO sets of processor license and so on. Zettagrid cap the number of processor licenses per VM at TWO, regardless of the amount of cores or Ghz in your VM.
Q: What is a Subscriber Access License (SAL)?
A: A Subscriber Access License (SAL) is one of the options for licensing Microsoft software under a subscription model. A SAL is required for each unique USER or DEVICE accessing a Microsoft product. A SAL is not a concurrent license and hence cannot be shared amongst multiple users or devices. Multiple users can access through a single device, or multiple devices can be used by a single user, however you cannot aggregate concurrent users through a single device ? individual user SALS are required. Non-concurrent users through a single device is allowed.
Q: What is the difference between a SAL and processor license?
A: Microsoft products can be licensed in two ways -by Subscriber Access License (SAL) or per processor (Proc). Some products are only licensed one or the other whilst other products can be licensed either. The essential difference is that a processor license allows unlimited users whilst a SAL is required for each unique user or device accessing the software. For products that allow either licensing model determine the cost under both models and opt for the cheaper one. Generally the larger the number of users the more economical a processor license becomes. Please see the individual SAL and processor FAQs for more detail.
Q: How to use a Microsoft S.A.L?
A: A SAL can be used to access any number of instances of the Microsoft software. For example if you have a Windows Server and want remote access for ten users you must purchase 10 SAL?s. If you then purchase a second VM with a second copy of Windows and require access for the same ten users you do not have to purchase additional SAL?s. The existing SAL?s are valid for as many Windows Servers as you may wish to provision, thus additional Servers can be had for essentially the incremental cost of a VM without incurring additional server license fees.