SAM Non-production Environments engagement

SAM for non-production environments

SAM for non-production environments

The purpose of a Microsoft SAM Non-production Environments engagement is to provide you with guidance and best practices on how you can optimize your non-production environments. Your SAM partner will help you understand how to define your non-production environment, who is accessing that environment, and how the software running in that environment is licensed.

The SAM Non-production Environments engagement provides you with valuable insights into your software assets and can help you work through business and licensing challenges of creating custom software or when you operate any type of lab environment that must be differentiated from production. It’s important to understand that non-production environments are relevant for customers of all kinds, not just customers developing custom software.

A non-production environments strategy addresses business needs by helping to improve efficiency and compliance. Ever changing development and test environments can be difficult to manage, especially when they transition to and from production.

Manage your non-production environments effectively with SAM

Creating custom software adds complexities that make a SAM engagement even more critical. Non-production environments can add challenges that make a SAM engagement even more critical. Working with a SAM Partner on a SAM Non-production Environments engagement will give you the opportunity to plan for and address the unique challenges associated with these environments. Non-production environments can be complex, making it difficult to:

  • Understand how to differentiate between non-production and production.
  • Monitor how non-production systems are deployed, developed, tested, decommissioned, and rebuilt.
  • Identify how users are accessing your development environments.
  • Understand how to stay compliant in the non-production environment.

Benefits of a SAM Non-production Environments engagement

Working with a SAM partner to implement best practices for your non-production environments will help provide you with:

  • Expert guidance on how to optimize your non-production environments.
  • A clear picture of which servers can be repurposed or decommissioned.
  • An understanding of how to best leverage Microsoft Volume Licensing and MSDN subscriptions.
  • A plan to protect developer licenses from product key leakage.
  • The review and implementation of policies for managing your organization's software assets.

Optimizing your development and testing environments with a cloud solution

Azure is an Internet-scale computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. Developer Services offered through Azure can enable you to develop and test applications faster, at a reduced cost, and with the flexibility to deploy in the cloud or on-premises.

Key considerations for a SAM Non-production Environments engagement

Defining your long-term non-production environments road map

As you consider undertaking a SAM Non-production Environments engagement, it’s important to consider partnering with the right advisor. This decision can impact the success of your engagement and position your business for ongoing success and management of your technology investments.

Engaging a SAM partner

When you evaluate a SAM partner, don't hesitate to ask questions. Does the partner:

  • Provide valuable experience and knowledge about SAM and non-production environments?
  • Have an in-depth understanding of MSDN software licensing?
  • Have a solid IT background, enabling them to evaluate the pros and cons of different SAM tools?
  • Provide other services such as migration and implementation? If not, do they have relationships with other partners who do?

The SAM partner

Learn more about the SAM process and what to expect during a Microsoft SAM engagement.

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