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By Brian Knight,
2006/09/01 (first published: 2005/02/28)
Microsoft this week announced a new product line for its
flagship database and a new pricing structure for its users. For Enterprise
Edition customers, the price increase equated to approximately 20% for those
who license per processor. Standard Edition customers will see about a 15%
price increase once they migrate to SQL Server 2005. This price increase marks
the first price increase in more than 5 years.
One of the biggest items to note is the new lower-end options
that Microsoft is adding to SQL Server 2005 and retrofitting into SQL Server
2000 soon. The new editions of SQL Server are:
As you can see the prices have increased but value has been
added to each release. For example, now that SQL Server Standard Edition can be
clustered and have more RAM, you can utilize it instead of going to Enterprise
Edition. Many of the highly touted features of SQL Server 2005 will only be
available in Enterprise Edition though. The most disappointing one for BI
workers will be the Report Writer, which allows users to create their own
ad-hoc reports against your DBMS and will only be available in Enterprise
Bottom line though is that users that just need a database
will find SQL Server much less expensive by using Workgroup Edition in SQL
Server 2005. Those users who want high availability can now get it in Standard
Edition, lowering their overall price. Enterprise Edition customers though will
find a larger price increase, but with a lot more value that SQL Server 2005
brings. So, what do you think? Click Your Opinion at the bottom of this article
Here’s a summary of the SQL Server 2005 features (from
Microsoft’s site) that are available in the new release by edition:
1 Supports only two CPUs per server
2 Supports only two nodes
3 Subscriber only
4 Publish to up to 25 subscribers
5 Publish to up to five subscribers
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