Licenses that are eligible for License Mobility and covered with active Software Assurance (SA), can be deployed to third party shared datacenter environments like GCP shared tenancy.
Google, as an authorized ‘License Mobility through Software Assurance’ Partner, can enable License Mobility on eligible Microsoft Server products on GCP.
The list of eligible server products for License Mobility are defined in the Microsoft Product Terms, including but not limited to: Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Skype for Business, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft System Center, RDS CAL, BizTalk Server and eligible Dynamics products. (In this document these products will be collectively referred to as Microsoft Application Servers).
Sole-tenant nodes are physical Compute Engine servers that are dedicated for hosting VM instances for your specific project. Normally, VM instances run on physical hosts that may be shared by many customers. With sole-tenant nodes, the host is dedicated to your business.
GCP sole-tenant is a dedicated server that is physically isolated for use by a single customer. All hardware resources and storage will remain fully dedicated to your use for the term of your subscription.
Each sole-tenant node is associated with one physical server, and is the only node running on that server. You can manually select the location to launch your instances to a specific dedicated host. Node affinity determine which nodes your VM instances use as a host system. You can configure additional affinity labels so that your instances run only on the node groups that you want or share nodes only with instances of the same affinity type. Affinity labels keep sensitive data together on specific node groups and separate from your other node groups and other VM instances running on Compute Engine. It provides you with visibility and control to meet regulatory and compliance requirements.
In this case, the outsourcing documentation within the Microsoft Product Terms will apply and licenses that are not eligible for License Mobility or that do not have active Software Assurance, can be deployed to GCP sole-tenant nodes.
There are two available options to deploy Windows Server on GCP: virtual machine instances and sole-tenant nodes.
Virtual Machine instances: Windows Server per-core licenses are included in the cost of the Windows Server instances purchased on-demand. Whether you bring your existing Windows Server images to run on VM instances or use the pre-built images available in GCP, the license is included in the cost, and Windows Server CALs are not required.
Sole-tenant nodes: GCP provides the option to bring your own licensing (BYOL) for Windows Server with your own images to GCP sole-tenant and remain compliant for Microsoft licensing.
A sole-tenant from GCP is a dedicated single-tenant host that is fully dedicated for your use. GCP will not support two customers to share the same set of resources, such as hardware or storage for the term of your subscription. In this case, the outsourcing wording within the Microsoft Product Terms applies.
Windows Server does not have ‘License Mobility’ rights to enable bring your own licenses to a multi-tenant environment, so we only recommend deployment on our sole-tenant offering. Windows Server licenses can only be assigned to physically dedicated sole-tenant hosts.
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