Microsoft is simplifying its Windows Server System licensing to make it cheaper for customers to adopt Windows virtualisation on their network.
The move is designed to promote the adoption of network virtualisation technology and make it easier and cheaper for firms to use Windows software in server environments.
Virtualisation technology enables multiple images of an operating system or other software to run in a virtual machine on a server, with only one actual copy of the software being deployed.
The software allows firms to consolidate the number of servers and back-up systems they have to deploy on a network.
Microsoft now no longer requires a customer to pay for inactive or stored virtual images from the Windows Server System on a network. Microsoft will now only charge for the virtual images of Windows Server System products actually running on a network, which will reduce licensing fees.
The Windows Server System suite includes the Windows Server family, Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM), Systems Management Server (SMS) and a number of other server software products that run in Windows.