SQL Server 2012 (“Denali”) Licensing

Microsoft has posted the licensing for SQL Server 2012.  It has simplified licensing: SQL Server 2012 will offer two licensing options – one that is based on computing power (“core based”), and one that is based on users or devices (“Server + Client Access License (CAL)”).  Note that the licensing previously was per socket.  The explosion of multi-core processors is behind that change.  Per-core licensing also simplifies virtualization licensing, since a physical core equals a virtual core.

It also has a new edition called Business Intelligence, and no longer has the Datacenter edition or Workgroup Edition.  So the three editions are: Standard, Business Intelligence, and Enterprise (actually four editions if you count the free Express edition).  Here are the differences:

And here is the retail pricing for new purchases:

More info:

SQL SERVER 2012 LICENSING OVERVIEW

SQL Server 2012 Licensing Changes

SQL Server 2012 High Availability and Editions: Basic vs. Advanced

SQL Server 2012 Licensing and Hardware Considerations

Editorial: Microsoft SQL Server 2012’s Editions and Licensing

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Licensing Showdown—Core versus Server + CAL

SQL Server 2012 Editions

SQL Server 2012–Understanding the Pricing Changes

A cautionary tale about grandfathering CAL licenses in SQL Server 2012 Enterprise

About James Serra

James currently works for Microsoft specializing in big data and data warehousing using the Analytics Platform System (APS), a Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) architecture. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence/MDM architect and developer, specializing in the Microsoft BI stack. He is a SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.
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