To SPLA or Not to SPLA – Microsoft Licensing for the Hosting Services Provider
Microsoft publishes what have become industry standards for numerous different software products, and the market for hosted software solutions that incorporate or that are built on Microsoft programs is a lucrative one. However, Microsoft has very specific licensing requirements for making its products available to end users through commercial hosting services, and the failure to abide by those requirements can be extremely costly. Before to committing to Microsoft’s Services Provider License Agreement (“SPLA”), companies must determine whether the SPLA model is right for them. That analysis depends on understanding the alternatives to SPLA, the obligations that a company accepts by signing a SPLA, and the risks associated with those obligations.
- Who needs SPLA?
- What is “commercial hosting”?
- Licensing alternatives for commercial hosting rights
- Defending SPLA audits
- Estimating SPLA-audit exposure
- Negotiating SPLA-audit settlements