Gartner Research

Licensing Microsoft Software for Disaster Recovery and High-Availability

Published: 23 August 2012

ID: G00235053

Analyst(s): Dolores Ianni , Donna Scott


Software asset managers should understand and communicate to IT architects the licensing guidelines for Microsoft's high-availability and disaster recovery environments to optimize spending and manage compliance.

Table Of Contents


  • Best Practice 1: Interpret and Communicate Microsoft's HA and DR Policies as Part of the Technology Configuration Planning and Decision-Making Process
    • Gartner HA/DR Definitions and Analysis of Microsoft Use Rights
    • At-a-Glance HA and DR Use Rights
    • Policy No. 1: HA Failover Server
    • Policy No. 2: Virtualized HA Server Failover
    • Policy No. 3: Cold DR or HA
    • Policy No. 4: Warm DR or HA
    • Policy No. 5: Hot DR or HA
    • Action Items
  • Best Practice 2: Identify and Analyze all Viable HA and DR Configuration and Usage Alternatives to Determine the Most Cost-Effective Solution Based on Business Requirements
    • Financial Analysis Process
    • Action Items
  • Best Practice 3: Customize and Tailor Your Software Asset Management Processes to Include Microsoft's License Policies and Definitions to Ensure Audit Readiness
    • Action Items
  • Bottom Line

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