"What is the point of lifting the restrictions just for volume licensing applications? Why not remove them for all applications?" says Chris Wolf, an analyst with the Burton Group.
Without the volume licensing agreement, users would be forced to buy a license for every node that the server application runs on, or may run on, as part of a virtual machine that is moved around for high-availability or disaster recovery purposes. On a two-node cluster running two server applications, the user would need to have four licenses instead of two.
The same doubling up on licenses is true for virtualizing the Windows operating system, which also does not fall under the policy that lifts the 90-day restriction.
While Microsoft did not talk about application and operating system virtualization licensing last week, it did make one licensing announcement, saying the stand-alone version of VMM unveiled in July will be on Microsoft's price list in November at US$675, which is a license per device and includes rights to the management server.
The license for the stand-alone VMM version, which has been unbundled from System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise, will be listed as the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Enterprise Server Management License.