Microsoft Unveils Virtual License Plan
"Continuing a pattern of kinder, gentler software licensing terms and relationships, Microsoft announced this week its simplified, virtualization-ready Windows Server
licensing that allows as many as four virtual instances of the software
on one physical server for the same price.
"Virtualization involves the use of server software in the abstract,
rather than a specific machine, and flows from hardware advances that
allow multi-core processing and enhanced capability to run these
‘virtual’ servers simultaneously.
"Industry analysts — who had mixed
reactions to the Microsoft licensing move — have long warned that with
dual-core, or other multi-core processors and increased virtualization,
companies face higher costs through software licensing."
Jay Leman. Microsoft Rolls Out Virtualized Licensing. TechNewsWorld. Oct. 10, 2005.
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