I was asked yesterday by a partner what a typical university is licensed for in Australia.
So here's a quick summary:
The differences between the CAL suites are summarised in this little table:
For many new IT projects, universities in Australia don't need to buy additional Microsoft licences, as they already have the coverage they need. This isn't the case for all products, and all universities, but when talking about new IT projects, it often seems as if they can simply expand their infrastructure, and just add a few low cost licences (eg a couple of servers) rather than adding a massive number.
Which means that the Microsoft licences are normally the lowest cost component of any IT project in Australian universities
Learn more about the components of the Microsoft CAL suites here