The right Microsoft licensing agreement works to support and compliment your business needs. However, the task of choosing the right licensing model remains complex based on the numerous options available to you. Businesses with less than 500 users have traditionally purchased licensing as part of Microsoft’s  Open Licencing Program (OLP) and Open Volume Service (OVS). Today though, SMBs can also purchase their licenses from a Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) gaining more flexibility.

Here we list 4 key considerations when choosing a license agreement model to clarify and explain which model will best support your business.

OLP

OVS

CSP

2-year commitment. 3-year commitment. Monthly. No commitment and the option to cancel at any time.

OLP

OVS

CSP

Annually upfront at the beginning of the agreement. Annually upfront at the beginning of each year. Monthly. Detailed billing is provided.

OLP

OVS

CSP

Increase at any point during the agreement. Increase or decrease only on agreement anniversary. Increase or decrease the number of licenses you need at any time.
This is a 2-year agreement. This is a 3-year agreement. Cancel the subscription at any time.
The license you start with is the license you keep for 2 years. The license you start with is the license you keep for 3 years. Change the license type at any time.
CompanyWide agreement. CompanyWide agreement. Choose the license type relevant to each user’s needs.

OLP

OVS

CSP

You can use legacy agreements in the cloud if you purchased software assurance at the beginning of the agreement. You can use legacy agreements in the cloud if you purchased software assurance at the beginning of the agreement. Software Assurance is automatically included in this licensing model.

With proper planning, strategizing, and collaboration with relevant stakeholders, your migration to the cloud will be a success once you’re sure you’re using the best license model available to suit every users’ need. Crimson Line will happily share our experience and knowledge with you, or your IT team. Contact us for a Microsoft licensing assessment regardless of where you are in the project.