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Annual Purchase and Renewal of Software Site Licenses

Renewal of Site Licensing Arrangement on Sophos/Kaspersky Anti-virus Solution and Symantec Ghost

We are now coordinating to renew the Sophos Endpoint Protection, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business and Symantec Ghost license for departments who are currently using these software site licenses arranged through us. 

Options Available

  1. Sophos Endpoint Protection (3-year subscription for workstation and file server, license is counted on device basis)
     
  2. Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business – Select
    (formerly called Kaspersky Business Space Security)
    (3-year subscription including Endpoint security for workstation/file server/mobile device, license is counted on device basis)
     
  3. Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business – Select + Security for Email Add on
    (formerly called Kaspersky Enterprise Business Space Security)
    (3-year subscription including Endpoint security for workstation/file server/mobile device and anti-virus/anti-spam for email server, license is counted on device basis)
     
  4. Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5 (New/Renewal License with 1-year subscription)

The above mentioned 3-year subscription covers the period from 1/7/2013-30/6/2016 and 1-year subscription is from 1/7/2013-30/6/2014.

License Coverage

For the Sophos/Kaspersky anti-virus solutions, departments have to renew the licenses in order to keep receiving the latest virus signature updates and using the upgrade version whenever it is available during the subscription period. 

For Symantec Ghost Solution Suite, the licensing terms are as follow:

  1. Symantec Ghost uses a one license per machine policy. Each machine that has Symantec Ghost loaded onto it needs a separate license to be legally compliant. There is no single network license that covers all machines.  All cloned or image backup machines will require one license for every machine.
     
  2. Each license allows cloning and restoring one PC for its entire lifetime.  If a licensed PC is permanently decommissioned, its license can be transferred to another PC for that system’s lifespan.
     
  3. Symantec Ghost licenses are perpetual and do not expire over time. 
     
  4. Renewing the licenses will entitle your department to receive the software upgrades, updates and patches of Symantec Ghost.  If your department does not need these upgrade insurance services, you may consider not renewing the Ghost licenses in your department.

Departments should have received our circular on the annual purchase arrangement for the above software items.  Since this is an annual coordinated purchase arrangement, departments interested in ordering the above software items through us are requested to plan ahead the consumption of the above licenses from July 2013 to June 2014 and submit the order to us on or before May 6, 2013 through the HKU Portal (login to HKU Portal > type "order" in the Search field > click the link "Order License & Goods").  Or your department can complete and return the ITS Order Form (CF-36) available at http://www.its.hku.hk/itsform/forms/cf36.pdf

During the year, departments can order the software licenses directly with the suppliers by meeting the minimum order requirement. Please refer to the information under HKU Portal (type "tender" in the Search field > click the link "Tender Prices") for details.

 

Renewal of Microsoft EES (previously called MSCA)

We have just completed the renewal of the Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES, previously called Micrsoft Campus Agreement (MSCA)) for 2013/14 through which subscribing departments can run the latest version of Microsoft Campus desktop and CAL (Client Access License) products on computers owned/leased by them until May 31, 2014 by paying an annual fee.  147 departments joined the EES of 2013/14 to enjoy the benefits of this cost-effective and easy-to-manage volume licensing program. 

At the same time, we are now renewing the tender for Microsoft Select Plus for departments to purchase other Microsoft products not covered by EES and for those who do not subscribe to EES to acquire the Microsoft licenses on perpetual basis.  Please go to the HKU Portal (type "tender" in the Search field > click the link "Tender Prices") to check out the latest tender price and place your order with the selected supplier directly. 

Departments can also order distribution copies of the Microsoft software from us.  Please check out the "Tender Prices" page under HKU Portal as mentioned above for details.  

As for the renewal of SAS licenses, we are now arranging the tender exercise and will keep the subscribing departments informed when the renewal offer is confirmed.

For enquiries on the above, please contact our Ms Sarah Li at 3549 5231 or Ms Ada Chan at 3549 5248.

 

Idy Tang
Tel: 3549 5220
Email: tangky@hku.hk