To consolidate all information for our current partners we have moved the blog to the same server where the license reporting is conducted.
Please find our new and refreshed blog at https://xsp.crayon.com/blog.
See you soon!
Microsoft has announced the launch of Dynamics AX 2012 R2 in SPLA effective January 1, 2013. Please see attached guide for details. The simplified license model includes the following SALs:
- Enterprise User/Device SAL
- Functional User/Device SAL
- Task User/Device SAL
- Self Serve User/Device SAL
Be advised about the new, changed, and deprecated product features described in the attached guide to the Dynamics AX 2102 R2 customer technical preview.
All SPLA partners should refresh their license keys during January to remove discontinued modules.
A number of Forefront products have been removed from the SPLA pricelist. See the list below.
Partners that are using and reporting these products today can continue to do so until their contract expires.
In the attached faq you will find more detailed information about each FF product.
Forefront Protection 2010
for Exchange Server (FPE)
2010 for SharePoint (FPSP)
Forefront Security for
Office Communications Server (FSOCS)
Server Management Console (FPSMC)
Management Gateway 2010 (TMG)
Management Web Protection Services (TMG WPS)
For more information please contact your local Crayon representative.
Dear Service Provider!
We are pleased to invite you to Crayon vCloud Community Days in the Nordic countries, which is an event we are running together with VMware and Veeam, only for Service Providers.
At vCloud Community Day you will find experienced, exciting and talented speakers who can help give you and your company get a good understanding of the opportunities and products around VMware VSPP (Service Provider rental agreement). You will also get a good understanding of what Veeam can offer you as a Service Provider.
Sweden 26th of November >>
Norway 27th of November >>
Denmark 28th of November >>
Finland 29th of November >>
For more information click on each country above.
09.15 vCloud Vision and Strategy - Graham Crich Senior Partner Manager Cloud VMware EMEA
(news around VSPP announced at Vmworld)
10:00 vCloud Powered - Bart Schneider vCloud Partner Manager Northern VMware EMEA (VMware bringing customers to the SP)
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 Technical Update vCloud Products VMware (vSphere 5.1/vCloud Director 5.1 mm)
11:45 Crayon update
13.00 Light lunch served
Microsoft have redesigned some of their learning material and also made some pretty specific training courses for hosting companies. All the trainings are grouped by product or area of interest and secondly based on your role as an individual or company.
This means for example you can find a SQL training specifically targeted to hosters. We have recieved word also that there will come more specific trainings for hosters during the next couple of months.
Click here to get to the Microsoft training site >>
At VMworld Barcelona VMware announced some upcoming changes to the VSPP program which are really interesting for all Service Providers.
There will be a new vCloud bundle launched called VMware vCloud Service Provider Bundle Premier and is comprised of VMware vCenter Operations Suite Enterprise (including vCenter Configuration Manager and vCenter Chargeback), vCenter Server, vCloud Network and Security Advanced, vCloud Director, vSphere Enterprise Plus and Production Support. The bundle is priced at 10 points per GB reserved vRAM per month and represents a discount off of the a la carte components.
With the new management bundle, there has been a change to the bundle names. The three offerings will be called VMware vCloud Service Provider Bundle: Standard, Advanced and Premier. The Standard bundle is the same. The former Premier bundle will now be called Advanced but offer the same functionality and price. The new management bundle will be called Premier. They made these change to be more consistent with our package naming across the company.
In addition to the new bundle, there are new stand alone products in VSPP:
vFabric App Director for Provisioning– enables more efficient application deployment and management through console that manages all the tiers in the application layer (e.g. app server, middleware, database) and an intuitive drag and drop UI.
- vCenter Protect Standard – an easy to use patch management solution optimized for Windows VM images.
Key takeaways for Service Providers:
- There is a new vCloud bundle in VSPP that includes management and automation capabilities, building on the two existing service provider bundles.
- There are also new stand alone management products being added to VSPP – vFabric App Director for Provisioning and vCenter Protect Standard.
- The new management bundle and the stand alone products are expected to be available in VSPP in Q4 2012.
As every year Microsoft will conduct their annual price Changes to their SPLA program in accordance with their agreements.
This year very few Products are affected but it still may have a Heavy impact on the hosting Community especially the Changes to the SQL SAL pricing.
The following Products has been flagged to receive a price increase starting January 2013;
228-05018 SQL Server 2012 Standard SAL + 78%
FUD-00009 Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter + 11.2%
N5F-00074 Visual Studio Premium 2012 + 12%
N4F-00074 Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 + 12%
4CL-00126 Dynamics NAV Advance Management Edition Full User SAL +52.4%
65D-00074 Dynamics GP Advance Management Edition Full User SAL +52.4%
4CL-00386 Dynamics NAV Business Essentials Edition Full User SAL +50%
65D-00113 Dynamics GP Business Essentials Edition Full User SAL +50
In addition, Microsoft has decided to discontinue their Small Business Server which results in that the following Products will be removed;
For support on how to calculate to find an optimal SQL utilization please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local Crayon representative.
Yesterday at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Satya Nadella announced a new offering that provides Windows Azure services (Web Sites and Virtual Machines) for Windows Server using System Center 2012 SP1 including VMM and SPF >>
The information is pretty scarse at the moment but some further details can be found in Takeshi Numoto’s blogpost >>>
For more information please contact your local Crayon representative or have a look here >>
The August 2012 Services Provider Use Rights (SPUR) is now available for download from Microsoft.com and includes the following updates:
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- Visual Studio Premium 2012
- Visual Studio Professional 2012
- Visual Studio Ultimate 2012
- Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 with SQL
Server 2012 Technology
- Visual Studio Test Professional 2012
- Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter Editions
- System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3
- System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 with SQL
Server 2008 Technology
- System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
- System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
- System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 with SQL
Server 2008 Technology
- System Center Service Manager 2010
- System Center Service Manager 2010 with SQL Server 2008
- System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
- Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011
- Visual Studio 2010 Premium
- Visual Studio 2010 Professional
- Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate
- Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010
- Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 with SQL
Server 2008 Technology
- Visual Studio Test Professional 2010
- Windows Server 2012 is only available under the Per
Processor licensing model.
Microsoft will host three interesting webcasts in June/July. We hope to see many of our customers joining the webcasts but should you not be able to attend please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local Crayon representative for a briefing on the subject.
Windows Server 2012 for Service Providers (EPG300PAL)
Join us in this live webcast to learn about how Windows Server 2012 can accelerate new business opportunities and lower your operational costs for your existing hosted cloud services including Windows Server virtual machines, web hosting and application hosting. This session will cover the new features of Windows Server 2012 as well as new business opportunities including Desktop Hosting.
When: June 14th 2012, 17.00 GMT+1
Presented By: Scott Ottaway, WW B2B Industry Director, Microsoft
Register here: https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?ActivityId=808649
System Center 2012 for Service Providers (EPG301PAL)
Join us in this live webcast to learn about the newest features and improvements around System Center 2012, including new business opportunities by selling System Center to your customers so they can self-managed their cloud hosted applications, databases and web sites. This session will also cover how System Center 2012 delivers best-in-class Windows management and lowers your operating costs by enabling automation and end-to-end management and monitoring from hardware to applications.
When: June 19th 2012, 17.00 GMT+1
Presented By: Scott Ottaway, WW B2B Industry Director, Microsoft
Register here: https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?ActivityId=808651
Windows Server Licensing Update for Service Providers (EPG305PAL)
Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate is now available and later this year Windows Server 2012 will be available in the SPLA license program. This session will cover Windows Server 2012 capabilities designed specifically for Hosting Service Providers and the market opportunity for Windows Server with enterprises and small and medium business. The primary focus of this session is to cover in-depth the new Windows Server 2012 product line-up and licensing changes.
When: July 31st 2012, 17.00 GMT+1
Presented By: Scott Ottaway, WW B2B Industry Director & Michael Chacon, B2B Licensing Program Manager, Microsoft
Register here: https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?ActivityId=810521
There is a new guide explaining that the Partner Hosted Microsoft Office solution stack includes Windows Server Processor Licenses or SAL’s, Remote Desktop Services SAL’s and Office SAL’s for each end-user.
The guide also includes more information about counting User SAL’s and evaluation rights.
You can download it here >> (link behind the 3rd bullet, “Product-Specific Licensing”).
VMware has just launched an upgraded version of their usage metering tool.
For the first time it has gone through both an internal and external beta testing phase so hopefully all bugs has been cleaned out before beeing published.
Our advise is to upgrade as soon as possible as earlier versions hassome identified bugs as well as this new version handles all the updated which arrives in April.
Download link >>>
For more information please contact you local InmetaCrayon representative.