SPLA Pricing

SPLA pricing can, as a concept, involve both license costs per license and end customer pricing, which all are briefly described here.

License cost per license

The most common way to get SPLA pricing is contacting a local distributor, called a SPLA reseller (or SPLAr). Microsoft has a list of SPLA resellers here.

Getting access to pricelist information without a signed SPLA Agreement is not possible and if you are new to SPLA and would like to learn more you can start here.

Changes to pricing – from Microsoft

Microsoft can only increase prices once each year in January (or any time when the price change is used to offset exchange rate fluctuations for prices in currency other than US dollars). SPLA pricing can be decreased at any time.

Pricing for historic SKUs

If a SKU is retired from the pricelist, you may still order licenses under this SKU, under a few circumstances:

  • You can only order retired SKUs that has been active during the SPLA agreement period
  • You need to have a continuous ordering history for the SKU since prior to the retirement of the SKU
  • The SKU must be applicable to the software in use and the license rules related to the software to be covered.

The price for the retired SKU is in most cases the last official list price.

End customer license costs

In most cases the specific license cost is irrelevant to end customers, as they have bought a service containing much more than just a license. The service bundles Hardware, Maintenance, Support, maybe consultancy and not least licenses into one price for your customer.

In some cases, the end customer can “bring their own licenses” – with Software Assurance (SA). If you are able to manage these different licensing scenarios your value to the customer is increased, as this can lower the cost for your customer. These licenses can also pose a risk as without proper management you can easily end up with a compliance issue.

License Mobility

For server products this is called License Mobility under which the end customer can assign license entitlements to be used in third party datacenters, like hosting or cloud deployments. License mobility is an exclusion from the SPLA program in relation to licensing.

SAL for SA (or SALSA)

For Access Licenses the end customer can obtain the right to utilize specific SKUs for selected SALs (Subscriber Access License) under the SPLA agreement. This first requirement for this is that the end customer has active SA for the related Client Access License (CAL) on their traditional agreement.

The SAL for SA is about 10 % of the regular SAL, so this can be an attractive option for some – please check the current pricelist for comparing prices.

SAL for SA is an addition to standard SPLA licensing.

To read more on License Mobility and SAL for SA, please click here.

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