Microsoft is planning a new “Server and Cloud Enrollment” (SCE) Enterprise Agreement option that is designed for customers heavily focused on Microsoft’s cloud, server and management technologies. This new three-year licensing commitment under Enterprise Agreements will be available Q4 Calendar Year 2013 according to the “Coming Soon: Server and Cloud Enrollment” white paper from Microsoft.

The Server and Cloud Enrollment offers four components: Core Infrastructure, Application Platform, Developer Platform, and Windows Azure. Customers can choose any of these components individually or group them as needed. When choosing any of the first three components, customers will also have access to Windows Azure at the best pricing available.

Core Infrastructure
Products: CIS SKUs (Windows Server + System Center)
Requirements: CIS coverage for all Windows Servers

Application Platform
Products: SQL Server; BizTalk Server and SharePoint Server can also be ordered as part of the Application Platform component.
Requirements: Full SA coverage

Developer Platform
Products: Visual Studio Ultimate and Premium
Requirements: Full SA coverage

Windows Azure
Products: All Windows Azure Cloud Services
Available automatically or can be licensed standalone

Also, important to note, as part of the launch of the SCE, the Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) and Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI) will be retired. Those Microsoft customers currently enrolled in an EAP or ECI that have made (or are willing to make) an enterprise-wide commitment can renew into SCE to continue gaining access to our best available prices and benefits, now with a standardized
set of discounts, terms, and new subscription options.

From the “Coming Soon: Server and Cloud Enrollment” white paper:

To enroll in an SCE, customers make an enterprise-wide commitment to one or more components. This means committing to full Software Assurance coverage across the installed base of an SCE component and in the case of System Center, committing to full System Center coverage on their Windows Server installed base through the Core Infrastructure Suites (CIS). In return for an enterprise-wide commitment, the SCE provides customers a range of benefits, including new cloud-optimized licensing options, simplified license management and the best pricing and terms.

SCE offers our lowest Windows Azure pricing, application License Mobility to the cloud, and new benefits for using System Center to manage Azure resources. Customers also get a new, subscription-based option, offering more flexibility when retiring workloads, consolidating, or migrating to the cloud.

Standardized & Simplified
With access to the latest technologies and benefits for all deployments, SCE customers can take advantage of simplified licensing through a standardized set of SKUs. In addition, when committing to CIS in SCE, customers gain a standardized management platform across on-premises and Azure environments.

Cost Savings & Benefits
The SCE provides Microsoft’s best pricing and benefits for Server & Cloud products, including discounts on new licenses, Software Assurance and Azure. Eligible customers may also qualify for premium benefits like Unlimited Support. Key Benefits Include:

  • 15% discount for new license and Software Assurance purchases
  • 5% discount on Software Assurance renewals
  • Management of Windows Azure resources with System Center is included for CIS commitments*
  • Best terms, conditions and predictability for SCE products
  • New subscription option available  Full Software Assurance benefits for all deployed licenses including new version rights
  • Unlimited Problem Resolution Support for qualifying customers

To learn more contact New Signature, who can help you work with a Licensing Solutions Partner and your Microsoft account team to get additional guidance and details.