“People aren’t making money on MP3 encoders anymore.” That should have been the headline when Fraunhofer IIS announced they were terminating their licensing program for the codec. But in a ridiculous case of news organizations reporting a press release, many site were declaring the MP3 “dead”. Marco Arment wrote up an excellent piece explaining why this is decidedly wrong.
I don’t really agree with Hans’ “positive” lightning comment, unless you call it positive when you discover that Microsoft licensing is just as bad as VMware… But here you go! A great discussion of SQL Server licensing changes and the new SQL tax!
I try and avoid licensing at all costs, itâ€™s a horrible subject and one that strikes fear in to many. When you add virtualisation in to the mix it tends to get a little more complicated and you often find that the rules change on a reasonably regular basis. I was involved in a discussion today about Citrix XenDesktop and an interesting point came up when discussing licensing Virtual PCs. Someone mentioned something called the Microsoft VDA, I hadnâ€™t a clue what they were talking about so I did a little digging around to find out more.
The virtualization community, my employer, and every Virtualization Service Provider I know is neck deep in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Already important because of Windows 7 migrations, the announcements last week from Microsoft and Citrix seemed to have raised the intensity of an existing white hot spotlight on VDI.
The fact that Microsoft has embraced virtualization is an understatement. The fact that Microsoft has been slow to embrace other virtualization vendor’s capabilities to run Windows operating systems as guests is equally an understatement, but what if this wasn’t the case? That is, what if Microsoft abandoned the licensing strategy of anchoring Windows to physical […]
Although the technical details of VMware’s version 4 product (dubbed the vSphere family) were known ahead of time, the product’s licensing model came as a surprise. Rather than go with the “base product + options” approach used by many software products, VMware decided on a flat tiered pricing scheme. Both approaches have their fans and detractors, but the details of VMware’s system left many off guard. Has VMware pushed the tiered model too far, eliminating flexibility and forcing enterprise customers to purchase pricey top-tier licenses? The Gestalt IT staff put our heads together to think the matter through.
VMware officially launched their next-generation (version 4) enterprise family of products today under the â€œvSphere 4â€³ name. As Iâ€™ve been doing for the last few major ESX releases, Iâ€™m focusing this post on the storage changes present in vSphere 4.