Microsoft is simplifying its Windows Server System licensing in a move it said would make it cheaper for users to adopt Windows virtualisation on their networks.
The change is designed to promote the take up of network virtualisation technology, which 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 used.
The product allows firms to consolidate the number of servers and back-up systems they have to deploy on a network.
Microsoft no longer requires a user to pay for inactive or stored virtual images from the Windows Server System on a network. Instead, it will now only charge for the virtual images of Windows Server System products actually running on a network, which will reduce licensing fees.