Yesterday I posted something about Microsoft's desktop virtualization announcement. Almost immediately, Matt McSpirit, Microsoft UK's partner technology adviser for virtualization and management reached out with a few corrections. I've gotten permission to republish some of his comments. Thanks, Matt!
Here's what Matt had to say:
I was reading your article entitled "Microsoft's desktop virtualization announcements: Citrix and customers are the winners", however when talking about the changes in VDI licensing, with VECD becoming VDA, you state it's only a free benefit for Software Assurance Customers, which is not quite accurate. It's now free for those SA-covered devices (previously $23 per device, per year), however there is a separate SKU to cover devices that aren't covered by an SA agreement (Thin Clients can't be, along with OEM PCs, or non-SA devices that weren't covered as a choice by the customer).
This separate SKU is the VDA (Virtual Desktop Access) license, and has a retail price of $100 per device, per year. The primary/named user of this device also gets the roaming use rights that you correctly describe in your post.
You could, prior to the announcements, purchase VECD for SA (for those customer who already had SA on their desktops, for $23 per device per year), or, for non-SA devices, you could purchase VECD ($110 per year, per device) so there has been a solution for non-SA devices, but a) not everyone knew about it, and b) it didn't give the roaming capabilities that have recently been announced for VDA.
I hope that helps to clarify the story, and provide extra detail for your users.
There you have it. I still think that this is more complicated than it needs to be. While it certainly reduces the barrier Microsoft customers face, there is still a barrier.