Amazon’s Bring Your Own License Plan? Old News

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, October 20th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Microsoft

Stack of Old News newspapersAmazon stirred the cloud hosting pot a bit early this month by announcing that users could now bring their own Windows or Oracle licenses to the EC2 public cloud, supposedly solving the dilemma of high license costs in the cloud. In truth, the solution is a simple one that many cloud providers—including Green House Data—have offered for a long time.

Licenses are usually limited to a specific number of servers, with a specific number of cores, and/or with a user limit. Microsoft recently revised its own licensing with a BYOL (Bring Your Own License) option that allows mobility between on-premize, Azure, and third-party cloud options.

Ultimately, the Amazon solution boils down to offering private hardware with virtualization placed on top of it. That’s nothing new for most colocation providers, and nothing new for cloud providers with more flexibility in their environment, either. At Green House Data, you could certainly bring your own Microsoft license, and we can set up almost any type of server for you to install it on. In fact, we’ve been providing this benefit to our customer for years.


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