Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SQL Server 2012 Licensing

According to Microsoft, they have simplified licensing model of the SQL Server. They have two licensing options called Cored based and Server + CAL. Following table shows which edition offers which licensing model.

 

Edition

Server + CAL

Core Based

Enterprise

 

X

Business Intelligence

X

 

Standard

X

X

Both Enterprise and Standard editions will be available under core-based licensing. Cored-based licenses will be sold in two-core packs. In addition to code based licensing, Standard Edition will also be available as a Server+ CAL licensing option.

The Business Intelligence and Standard Editions will be available under the Server + Client Access License (CAL) model. To access a licensed SQL Server in the server + CAL model, each user must have a SQL Server CAL that is the same version or newer.

Each SQL Server 2012 CAL can provide access to multiple licensed SQL Servers, including the new SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence Server as well as prior versions of the Enterprise Servers.

To license a physical server, you must license all the cores in the server, with a minimum of 4 core licenses required for each physical processor in the server.

Following table shows you prices for SQL Server at the timing of writing this. This may subjected to change.

 

Edition

Pricing

Enterprise

$ 6,874 per core

Business Intelligence

$ 8,592 per Server

Standard

$ 1,793 per core OR $ 898 per Server

Client Access License

$209 per CAL

Source: MSDN

Price of the Developer edition is unknown the time of writing but in previous version of SQL Server, copy of Developer edition is 50 $. Though you can to all your development using this edition, it is prohibited to use this edition in a production environment.

3 comments:

  1. Linkedin Group: SQLServerCentral

    Ha ha. I think the key phrase here is "According to Microsoft". I would sooner try and sort out world peace than understand the vagaries of Microsoft licensing!!

    Posted by Liam North

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  2. Interesting to note that BI edition is available only on Server+Cal model. Is that mean if someone wants to use most of the BI features and want to use reporting services directly in the web site, they have to purchase enterprise edition and not BI edition.

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  3. LinkedIN Group: SQLServerCentral

    I still cannot remember a moment in my life where I was 100% sure of what I am talking about when discussing SQL Server licensing or, let's be honest - any Microsoft's Enterprise software. Their licensing model is like a whole separete science...

    Posted by Boris Hristov

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