[Openstack] Windows licensing (reprise)
caperry at edolnx.net
Sat Jul 13 03:14:52 UTC 2013
IANAL, but this link from Microsoft makes it sound like Windows Server
Standard will work for your case:
(Sorry for the terrible link - here is a shorter one http://bit.ly/1bwce9l )
From what I read, it appears you can run two Windows VMs for every
standard license. I would strongly suggest running that by your legal
team before taking my word.
On 07/12/2013 07:35 PM, JR wrote:
> I know that this topic has been touched upon in another forum thread
> but I'd like to get the community's feedback on what I've been told
> about windows licensing on openstack by our IT people, who've had
> calls with MS.
> Apparently, there is no way to license a single windows VM running on
> openstack. The only way to legally (!) license windows in a cloud is
> to buy a datacenter license. This license which would apply to each
> physical compute node. Let's say that the cost for that license is
> $4600. In our environment, since we need high availability and any
> particular windows VM would need to run on any of our 4 compute nodes,
> we'd be in ~$18400. The above would allow us to run an unlimited
> number of windows OSes.
> The problem, for us, is that we only need to run a few odd, but
> critical windows instances. $18400 is pretty steep and we'd love to
> just pay for the VMs individually. Does anyone know how to do that?
> Is it obvious to anyone that my information is (obviously) incorrect?
> Thanks much,
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