CS14 – Licensing

This post provides a summary overview of the licensing changes coming with Communications Server “14” (CS14) and key license differences compared to OCS 2007 R2. Please note that the new CS14 license is not final.

OCS 2007 R2 Licensing Options

Standard CAL

This CAL is required to license access to the IM and Presence workload. It is included in a Core CAL Suite as well as an Enterprise CAL Suite.

Enterprise CAL

This CAL is required to license access to the Conferencing and Enterprise Voice workload. This is an additive CAL to Standard CAL. In other words you need to purchase a Standard CAL before you can purchase an Enterprise CAL. It is included in an Enterprise CAL suite.

 

CS14 Licensing Options

Standard CAL

This CAL is required to license access to the IM and Presence workload. It is included in a Core CAL Suite as well as an Enterprise CAL Suite.

Enterprise CAL

This CAL is required to license access to the Conferencing workload. This is an additive CAL to Standard CAL. In other words you need to purchase a Standard CAL before you can purchase an Enterprise CAL. It is included in an Enterprise CAL suite. It is different to the OCS 2007 R2 Enterprise CAL in that the Enterprise Voice workload has been removed. It will be priced lower than OCS 2007 R2 Enterprise CAL to due to the removal of the Voice workload.

Voice CAL

This CAL is required to license access to the Enterprise Voice workload. This is an additive CAL to Standard CAL. In other words you need to purchase a Standard CAL before you can purchase a Voice CAL. It is not included in either a Core CAL Suite or an Enterprise CAL suite. This is a new CAL that is being introduced with CS14.

 

Future Licensing Changes to Microsoft Office Communications Server

Customers who purchase the OCS Enterprise CAL or ECAL Suite after July 1st 2009 but before the release of CS14 and maintain their Software Assurance will have access rights equivalent to the rights under the Voice CAL for the CS14 release. Customers will need to separately renew the Voice CAL Software Assurance at their first renewal period post CS14 launch if they choose to keep the CS14 Voice CAL Software Assurance benefits.

Customers who have purchased an OCS Enterprise CAL or the ECAL Suite prior to July 1st 2009 and maintain their Software Assurance will have access rights equivalent to the rights under the Voice CAL for two releases, CS14 and CS15.  Customers will need to separately renew the Voice CAL Software Assurance at their first renewal period post the CS15 release in order to maintain Software Assurance benefits.

Customers who do not have Software Assurance, or do not maintain Software Assurance on their OCS Enterprise CAL or the ECAL Suite will be required to purchase the Voice CAL when released to acquire the future voice functionality in CS14.

 

Cost implications of the new CS14 Licensing Model

A new customer who wants to extend their existing IP or Traditional PBX with either Instant Messaging, Presence, or Conferencing functionality, but who is not yet ready to use CS14 voice capability, will pay less using the CS14 licensing than they would using the OCS 2007 R2 licensing. The reason is that, as noted above, the CS14 Enterprise CAL, which is specific to Conferencing, costs less than the OCS 2007 R2 Enterprise CAL, which includes both Conferencing and Voice. The new customer will not pay for voice functionality until they’re ready to use it. The converse is also true. The new customer will not pay for conferencing if they only require voice functionality for non-essential phones which are normally located in a kitchen, lobby etc.

A new customer will pay more with CS14 than OCS 2007 R2 if they want to use the full set of voice and conferencing capabilities to replace or enhance their existing IP PBX systems, but they’ll also get more, including call admission control for voice and video, survivable branch telephony, and multiple options for data centre resiliency.

Information courtesy of Technet.

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