Microsoft is kicking off a nine-month promotion on September 1 which will offer VMware users free Windows Server Datacenter licenses for switching from vSphere to Hyper-V.
The deal, which will be in effect from Sept. 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, is for organizations running workloads using VMware vSphere server virtualization. If those organizations make the switch to Microsoft’s Hyper-V technologies, they’ll get “free Windows Server Datacenter licenses when buying Windows Server Datacenter + Software Assurance,” according to Microsoft’s announcement.
Organizations still must pay for Software Assurance costs under this deal. Software Assurance is sometimes described as adding about 25 percent to 27 percent on top of the cost of the underlying license’s cost. Organizations are expected to renew Software Assurance agreements each year. Under Software Assurance coverage, an organization gets the rights to upgrade to the latest software version within the Software Assurance contractual period, and they get a few educational perks.
In terms of licencing, Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard will be licensed by core; Essentials, Multipoint Premium, Storage Server are licensed by processor. Users who want to deploy Nano Server mode — whether on Datacenter or Standard — need to have Software Assurance coverage in order to do so.