Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance the two new offerings, with "six more years of product support for Windows Server and SQL Server" is announced today.
The new offering "allowing for a minimum of 16 years of total support (five years each of Mainstream and Extended Support, plus the new Premium Assurance period)," write Mark Jewett. Adding, "it also provides security updates and bulletins rated 'critical' and 'important' for both products," Jewett said.
Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance will be available in early 2017, and can be purchased separately or together as add-ons to active Software Assurance for each product.
Premium Assurance pricing will start at 5% of current product license cost, and will increase up to 12% over time with 60% saving can be avail on Premium Assurance cost before end of June 2017.
The first versions covered by Premium Assurance will be SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (Extended Support ends in July 2019) and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (Extended Support ends in January 2020).
The following notable benefits are available:
- SA gives you access to latest Windows Server and SQL Server innovation at no additional cost. The "next version Windows Server currently in planning will further advance Windows Server 2016 capabilities around hybrid cloud, multi-layered security, containers, Nano Server, and software-defined datacenter technology," Microsoft writes. While new SQL Server already in preview, brings the performance and security of SQL Server to Linux.
- SA also provides unique flexibility and savings benefits to applications moving to cloud. "Azure Hybrid Use Benefit provides up to 40-50% savings on Windows Server virtual machines in Azure." Similarly, "License Mobility provides flexibility to deploy existing SQL Server licenses in the cloud without additional fees."
To learn more about Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance, and six additional years of product support, read this datasheet.