Microsoft Announces Vitual Processor Licensing Strategy

Oct 12, 2005 / By Paul Vallee

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Many companies are considering deploying enterprise IT on platforms such as VMWare’s ESX. As IBM has long done on its enterprise-class hardware, Microsoft has now introduced a new licensing policy, allowing CPU-restricted virtual machines to be created, and software to be licensed based on the CPU’s assigned to the virtual machine. This allows software licenses to be sold based on CPU’s actually in use rather than number of CPU’s physically present.

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