VMware Licensing Basics – Understanding the VPP, EPP, and ELA Agreements

April 14, 2018

VMware’s menu of license agreements is relatively straightforward, as it only has 3 major licensing agreements: VPP, EPP and ELA. Below is a brief overview of all three, starting from the bottom with little customer spend/seats, and ending with the complex, enterprise-caliber agreement. Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) The Volume Purchasing Program offers entry-level customers significant, […]

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Understanding IBM’s PVU License Metric and Passport Advantage Agreement

February 13, 2018

IBM’s Passport Advantage Program The Passport Advantage Program allows you to use products with a common set of agreements, processes and tools, making it easier to manage the bundle in terms of predicting and managing new license or renewal costs. However, be aware that IBM has just revised the Passport Advantage Agreement, going into effect […]

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All Things Oracle in the Cloud

December 19, 2017

Recently, SoftwareONE UK, provided an in depth webinar covering: “Modernizing Oracle Licensing: For Cloud, Virtualization & Hybrid.” As the second largest global software publisher, Oracle has a depth and breadth throughout enterprises today that cover off on software, hardware, and services; however with such a presence often comes complexity in regards to licensing, usage rights […]

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SoftwareONE’s Perspective on Multi-Cloud – Stay In Control

November 9, 2017

Multi-cloud is on the rise. In some organisations, individuals and departments adopt various cloud solutions and services over a period of time, resulting in a gradual drift into a multi-cloud scenario. Other organisations deliberately assign workloads to both Microsoft Azure and AWS, seeking to reduce excessive reliance on either vendor, enhance flexibility, improve resiliency and […]

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SoftwareONE at Oracle Open World 2017 – Come say hello!

September 22, 2017

As a twenty year veteran of the Oracle ecosystem, I’m excited to attend this year’s Oracle Open World 2017. My goal is to understand from partners, customers and analysts what progress Oracle is making in transitioning its business to the cloud. Specifically, are customers migrating their database and middleware workloads to Oracle via subscription? To […]

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SoftwareONE Uncovers the Positives and Negatives with AHUB

September 13, 2017

There has recently been a lot of buzz surrounding Azure Hybrid Use Benefit (also known as Hybrid Use Right, or simply AHUB), a Microsoft Software Assurance benefit tied to Windows Server licensing.  Most of the questions SoftwareONE fields regarding AHUB pertain to potential cost savings. “Is this really a less expensive way to deploy Windows […]

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