Microsoft reps are out in the field pushing Oracle database shops to move more of their workload to SQL Server.
Part of that push is a SQL Server “site license” that would merge individual SQL Server transactions for various departments into one central purchase. Indeed, many financial and other shops are Oracle at the core, but use a lot of SQL Server at the periphery. Microsoft would like to change that.
The license would give the company the right to as much SQL Server as it wants at fixed payments over three years but at the end of that time, the overall bill would be re-calibrated based on the new user “footprint.” Since it has the rights to all the SQL Server it can eat, there are no compliance issues.
This push is part of Microsoft’s Application Platform Agreement licensing, which the company started talking about last fall and rolled out in January, according to Paul Degroot, analyst at Directions on Microsoft. APAs cover SharePoint Server, BizTalk Server, Visual Studio and System Center, according to a posting on the Microsoft partner site.
Degroot has mixed feelings on the database onslaught. “This was probably a great plan for another era–when business was growing,” he said.
“It’s a fixed annual price for three years but it assumes growth in the number of licenses. No permanent licenses for server instances are added during that term—so they’re subscription licenses only…That means there will be a big bill later if you want to get off that train,” Degroot said. A big part of this effort is definitely aimed at Oracle, he said.