Licensing Model for 2012


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    Found thing again on another one of Brad's re-tweets via LinkedIn

    New updated licensing data for 2012, now core based not socket based

  • Andre Guerreiro


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    Essentially it will be the same thing if you have 4 cores per CPU or less.

    But for 6 or 8 cores, the price will be a little higher.

    I guess it makes sense since a license per processor these days is not something accurate anymore.

    The main editions were also changed: Standard, BI and Enterprise. (no more Datacenter).

    I'm glad that they're still releasing an improved BIDS and I can't wait to test Power View (which is Project Crescent's new name).

    Best regards,

    Best regards,

    Andre Guerreiro Neto

    Database Analyst


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    by reading the data sheet, there is a minimum 4 core licenses per physical processor, so if you have 4 cores per socket you break even, but if you only have 2 or 1 then your paying over the odds, but then again do servers have 1 or 2 cores these days, you could say maybe some old ones, but nothing going forward or capable of running 2012.

    the above also applies to VM's if you dont licence the underlying VMWare or Hyper-V host, and just licence the actual VM, unless you put 4 VCPU's per VM your not going to break even.

    I was thinking about getting upgraded ESX hosts for SQL with the new 10 core chips, with 4 chips per ESX, giving a total of 40 cores, but MS will only exchange 2008 Enterprise licenses for 4 cores, meaning I will have to fork out for an additional 32 cores of licenses just to make the VMWare SQL estate compliant.

    I think the new BI eiditon will be great for smaller companies who want the BI functionality but cannot afford to pay the price of Enterprise edition, but saying its now CAL based, it will be one to weigh up as does the server + cal licenses cost more then just buying Enterprise core licences

  • Chris Harshman


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    I think the BI edition looks interesting, but I see a concern. Our data warehouse currently is on 2008 R2 Enterprise, using CAL licenses. Looking at Microsoft's editions for 2012 it looks like data compression won't be included in the BI edition">

    Even given that they only charge for 20 cores maximum for Enterprise, it would still be a bigger cost for us considering how few users we have utilizing the data warehouse. Is there a better explanation for what the BI edition includes?

  • AnJellyCue

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    I was at a SQL users group meeting which had a BI specialist showcase power view, it's an amazing product, I'm not a BI person. but even I was impressed with what they showcased and the eye candy was stunning

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