Licensing the Private Cloud
June 15, 2013

This video, part of the licensing expert series of the Microsoft Virtual Academy, is designed to help customers better understand volume licensing program fundamentals and recent changes to Microsoft licensing policies, as well as provide an overview of the private cloud in general and the Microsoft private cloud in particular.

As the video explains, cloud computing represents the most significant technology development for businesses since the rise of the internet. There are three key benefits to the cloud: agility, focus, and economics. By improving agility, firms can capitalize on emerging opportunities more effectively and scale up or down to meet demand spikes.

The cloud lets firms focus their efforts and attention on innovation, rather than infrastructure, as it allows IT to run more like a utility than a complicated hardware and software system. Lastly, the private cloud lowers the cost of delivering high-quality IT services by optimizing efficiency and providing economies of scale.

The video goes on to highlight a number of the more specific benefits of private cloud deployments, including standardization of platforms and reduction of physical servers. This video also highlights for viewers the various layers which comprise private cloud architecture, including the operating system layer, virtualization layer, automation, and security.

Next, the video covers the four pillars of the Microsoft private cloud: app (app-centric for improved service), cross platform (wide-ranging support), foundation for the future (how the private cloud moves beyond virtualization), and cloud on your terms (customization).

System Center and Windows Server
The video then goes on to cover in detail System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012, on which the Microsoft private cloud is built.

Windows Server 2012 is available in four editions: Standard, Essential, Foundation, and Datacenter. In detail, the video describes the differences between these options, helping viewers to determine which edition is right for their organizations.

System Center 2012 features two available editions: Standard and Datacenter. Both have the same features, but Datacenter enables the provisioning of unlimited OSEs, whereas standard includes two managed OSEs per license.

Enrollment for Core Infrastructure is also covered, including insight into how clients can leverage these options and obtain significant discounts.

Finally, the video explains how customers can migrate from an existing license to the new offerings. With the help of easy-to-understand graphics, this process is explained at length, helping viewers to understand the implications of Microsoft's new private cloud offerings.