How to host Microsoft on-premise product in a dedicated cloud environment?

Microsoft on-premise volume licenses purchased on or after October 1, 2019 not covered by active Software Assurance (SA) may not be used anymore in a dedicated cloud environment of any the following providers: Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Microsoft. Those providers are called “Listed Provider” in Microsoft speech; a list than can be changed in the future. Therefore, in this scenario active SA is always a condition for the use of on-premise licenses in a dedicated cloud environment.

This change, however, does not affect volume licenses purchased before October 1, 2019. Such licenses may still be used without active SA in a dedicated cloud environment of any the mentioned providers.


  • Microsoft Product Terms, Oktober 2019
  • FAQ_Microsoft_Outsourcing rights updates_October 2019_as is 2020-01-23