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Microsoft Licensing Expanded for Disaster Recovery, Online Services

Microsoft on Wednesday previewed two benefits coming next month to its volume licensing programs.

The first makes disaster recovery more affordable by allowing volume licensing customers to install an extra copy of Microsoft software at no additional cost on a "cold" server for dedicated backup. The deal, beginning June 1, will be available for each server software product covered by Software Assurance.

Under Microsoft's definition, cold servers must be turned off until a disaster occurs, except for maintenance.

Also on June 1, Microsoft will expand its July price list for volume licensing customers to include MapPoint Web Services and Microsoft Office Live Meeting. The move will "allow customers to experience the same budget predictability, as found within other Microsoft products in volume licensing," a Microsoft spokesman said.

The move is one of several over the last few years by Microsoft to change the value and perception of Software Assurance from a software upgrade program to a stronger relationship between Microsoft and long-term customers.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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