Independent Software Vendors and Service providers can license qualified products from Microsoft on a once-a-month basis, over the course of a 3-year agreement, to host software applications and services for their clients through the SPLA in the US.
No Commitment Up Front:
The Microsoft SPLA in the US only requires service providers to pay for the licenses that their clients actually use. Both start-up costs and long-term commitments are absent.
Microsoft SPLA Flexibility in Licencing:
You have some flexibility with how to license Microsoft products thanks to Microsoft SPLA. Microsoft SQL Server, for instance, has two different licensing options: per-user and per-core. It is simpler for providers to deliver specialized offerings to meet the unique needs of their clients' thanks to this flexibility.
Additionally, you can switch to a less expensive licensing model each month because SPLA license amounts are premeditated at the end of a calendar month. It is a great way to reduce the cost of SPLA licensing, but it calls for established SPLA governance procedures.
Compared to traditional Microsoft licensing agreements, Microsoft SPLA licensing is simpler. For instance, Microsoft Windows Server typically needs access licenses for each user or device as well as server licenses. Windows Server access licenses are not required for SPLA from Microsoft. Other Microsoft products' licensing policies and procedures are also simpler than, say, those found in the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. Of course, the streamlined rules are also advantageous to your clients.