Microsoft’s cloud licensing eases competitors’ crises

By deliberately excluding Alibaba, AWS and Google from its sweeping program of overhauling cloud licensing terms to give users back control to run their products easily and where they want, Microsoft has drawn a wind of criticism.

Has war been declared between Microsoft and its main opponents? By choosing to specifically exclude them from its broad plan to change the terms of its software licenses to make it easier to build and implement on third-party cloud services, Redmond has drawn serious criticism from AWS and Google in particular. The latter – also Alibaba – is identified as “Vendors Listed” and therefore does not allow a customer who already has Software Assurance or a subscription license purchased somewhere other than at home, to run their solutions in their own cloud infrastructures…while this will be possible in Outscale, OVH, Scaleway…

“The promise of the cloud is resilient and resilient computing without contractual restrictions. Customers should be able to freely move between platforms and choose the technology that works best for them, rather than the technology that is best for Microsoft.” Dry treated Marcus Gadot, Vice President of Public Affairs at Google. “We urge all cloud service providers to avoid locking out their customers and competing for the advantages of their technology.”

Practices that AWS considers harmful

Same story at leading global cloud provider AWS: “Microsoft is now doubling down on the same harmful practices by applying more restrictions in an unfair attempt to limit competition it faces — rather than listening to its customers and restoring the licensing of cloud software that is fair to all,” an AWS Cloud Services spokesperson said Sensing the shift, AWS Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Matt Jarman had already given a clear view on the evolution of its competitor’s software licensing practices: “Microsoft’s response is not to do what’s right for customers and fix its policy so that everyone can Customers run its software on any cloud provider of their choice; Instead, arguing to meet European technological needs, he offered to choose cloud providers that were less competitive for them and let his software run only on those providers.”

It seems that the time of naive cooperation is really over in the ruthless Cloud Realm, and the war begins again and promises to be bloody. It remains to be seen whether Alibaba, AWS, or Google will now dare to make their case before the European Commission… No wonder other suppliers are happy with Microsoft’s announcement, such as Cloud Temple for example: “In the face of doubling an injunction on digital transformation and data security, Companies want simplicity, with cloud architectures that adapt to every need of their business.Microsoft in turn recognizes that the future of customer information systems will necessarily be mixed, combining on-premises, public cloud and sovereign cloud infrastructures.This is the spirit of the new outsourcing terms coming into effect. They remove dust from the framework of the relationship with cloud operators and provide flexibility to migrate applications from one infrastructure to another, in particular facilitating virtualization of workstations.Finally, the new terms are more in line with the reality of the contracts we sign with our industrial customers, accompanied by three-year price stability commitments. Having a long-term view of the cost of licenses is excellent,” explained Sebastian Leskop, General Manager of Temple of the Clouds.

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