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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-10-18 Print this article Print

Steve Acterman, director of corporate IT management at Volt Information Sciences Inc., in Orange, Calif., and who also sits on Microsofts Licensing Advisory Council, said the licensing changes showed that not only is Microsoft going to move forward aggressively into new technologies, but it is also going to help enable its customers to do so without making them worry about a huge barrier to entry.

"We provided Microsoft with feedback around the whole virtualization concept and how wed like to see it structured so we can make use of it," Acterman said. "They basically took our feedback and adopted it. This will allow our business to be more efficient and also reflects Microsofts willingness to listen to customers."

Avanades Burry added that the bottom line is that the changes will ultimately let customers derive greater value from their investments, which is what CIOs are looking for.

IBM and Novells new model is somewhat different. The companies unveiled last week a single annual licensing fee for all the servers running in an IBM BladeCenter chassis running Novells SLES 9. The 14 blades in the IBM BladeCenter chassis can also be a mix of Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. or Power-based servers, and the license can be used with any of these blade servers as long as they are associated with the chassis.

The license is priced at a flat fee of $2,792 for a one-year chassis license or $6,980 for a three-year license and includes standard 30-day installation support.

Click here to read more about IBM and Novells new licensing model. "This is the first-of-a-kind pricing deal, as, until now, operating systems and applications have been priced per user or per server or via an enterprise license," said Juhi Jotwani, director of IBMs BladeCenter and xSeries solutions, in Raleigh, N.C.

IBM is now also aggressively encouraging application and operating system vendors to shift to this model. "The whole point of leveraging this differentiated hardware is ease of management and integration, and so we are encouraging the application vendors to also price their software based on a blade center chassis," Jotwani said.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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