What if I told you that you could save $150* on your purchase of Windows Server 2008 Standard today? Or what about saving $890* on your purchase of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise today? Would that get your attention? Let me show you how:
As you know, at Microsoft we offer a few different ways to acquire licenses to run our software depending on your needs and interest:
When it comes to Microsoft Windows Server 2008, many clients will acquire it pre-installed through OEM licensing on new server hardware; however, some choose not to go this route for a few reasons:
If you are acquiring your Windows Server 2008 Server not pre-installed on your new server hardware, then your two options are:
When choosing between these two options, the decision should be relatively easy, and one will save you a lot of money, which is the purpose of this post. Here is how:
Take a look at the Estimated Retail Prices for Retail Box versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise. (NOTE: I am using U.S. dollars in this example, so you would need to check the ERPs in your country if you are outside of the U.S.) You will see that the Estimate Retail Price for Windows Server 2008 Standard with 5 Client Access Licenses (CALs) is $1,029 and for Windows Server 2008 Enterprise with 25 CALs is $3,999. Now, compare that with the Estimated Retail Prices of those same products offered through the Open License Volume Licensing program (U.S. Open License Retail Price List here): Windows Server 2008 Standard (Part #P73-04982) is $726, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (Part #P72-04219) is $2,358, Windows Server 2008 User CAL (Part #R18-02709) is $30, and Windows Server 2008 Device CAL (Part #R18-02729) is $30. So if you total them up:
In addition to the flat savings listed above simply by choosing Volume Licensing for your Microsoft Windows Server 2008 purchases, you may also be eligible for ongoing Microsoft promotions to get even more savings, such as the Microsoft Big Easy Partner Subsidy promotion.
So as you can see, by utilizing the Volume Licensing programs for your business, you can save money and get additional benefits for your business. Hopefully this post is able to help you and your colleagues out.
*NOTE: All prices referenced are U.S. Estimated Retail Prices. Prices may vary by reseller.
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER and RSS Global Partner Experience Lead Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights