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Can you help me with my software licensing question?

So I have a hosting business and I tired of paying M$ an up front payment for Windows Server Web 2008, it screws up the cashflow something fierce. Is there a monthly service out there, I know SPLA is out there but I didn't see any monthly options. Aparently also M$ will not allow me to do Volume Licensing because I provide hosting to the public. Ideas?

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You need to contact an MS Licensing vendor about this. –  ThatGraemeGuy Sep 25 '10 at 11:51
    
SPLA also offers 1 and 3 year options. Otherwise SPLA is ONLY about monthly payment, sorry. How could you miss that? –  TomTom Sep 25 '10 at 14:31

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Look closer at SPLA:

Cash Flow Management: With SPLA, you have minimal start-up costs, since you only pay for licenses based on what you make available to provide services each month

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THanks I wasn't totally sure how this worked, I will post results on pricing when i get them from the vendors. –  Al Katawazi Sep 26 '10 at 12:35

Maybe I'm not understanding what it is you're "hosting" or you're misunderstanding the SPLA program. What is it exactly that you're "hosting".

http://www.microsoft.com/hosting/en/us/licensing/splabenefits.aspx

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This is the way to go. From the link above: "Microsoft SPLA is the only Microsoft Volume Licensing program that allows Microsoft products to be used for commercial hosting." –  Cypher Sep 25 '10 at 17:19

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