RESEARCH PAPER: AMD EPYC Presents Opportunity To Save On Software Licensing Costs

By Rhett Dillingham, Patrick Moorhead - November 9, 2017
Software licensing models for many server applications have long been tied to the hardware infrastructure resources on which they are run, particularly server processor resources. As server processor architectures have evolved, software licensing models have evolved with them.
The software licensing model evolution has varied widely by software vendor, both in their types of changes and in each vendor’s timing of changes after the introduction of a significant change in processor architecture. This diversity in license models, and the timing lag of their evolution, presents businesses with an opportunity to save on licensing costs when a new processor architecture substantially changes the price/performance relationship between hardware and software. In these circumstances, buyers should assess the combined costs of hardware and software when making hardware infrastructure purchases. You can download the paper here.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Cost Savings Opportunity
  • Call To Action
  • Table 1: Examples Of Software Cost Savings Opportunity

Companies Cited

  • AMD
  • Microsoft
  • MicroStrategy
  • Oracle
  • VMware
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.