Tuesday, March 27, 2012

SQL 2012 Licensing Primer.

SQL Server 2012 is a significant product release, providing Mission Critical Confidence with greater uptime, blazing-fast performance and enhanced security features for mission critical workloads; Breakthrough Insight with managed self-service data exploration and stunning interactive data visualization capabilities; Cloud On Your Terms by enabling the creation and extension of solutions across on-premises and public cloud.  SQL Server 2012 is a Cloud Ready Information Platform.

Editions overview

The SQL Server 2012 Editions have been streamlined to better align with how customers are deploying applications and solutions.  SQL Server 2012 will be released in 3 main editions*:

·         Enterprise for mission critical applications and large scale data warehousing

·         Business Intelligence, a new product edition, providing premium corporate and self-service BI

·         Standard for basic database, reporting and analytics capabilities

The main editions are now offered in a consistent, tiered model which creates greater consistency across editions, features and licensing. Enterprise Edition will include all features available in SQL Server 2012.  The Business Intelligence Edition will include premium BI features as well as all of the Standard Edition features.

*Note: SQL Server 2012 will continue to be available in Developer, Express and Compact editions. Web Edition will be offered in a Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) model only. Datacenter Edition is being retired with all capabilities now available in Enterprise. Workgroup and Small business Editions are also being retired.

SQL Server 2012 Licensing Options

SQL Server 2012 will continue to offer two licensing options – one based on computing power, and one based on users or devices.  In the computing power-based license model, however, the way we measure power will shift from processors to cores.  Core-based licensing provides a more precise measure of computing power and a more consistent licensing metric regardless of where the solution is deployed across on-premises, virtual and cloud scenarios.

·         Enterprise Edition (EE) will be licensed based on compute capacity measured in cores

·         Business Intelligence (BI) Edition will be available in the Server + CAL model, based on users or devices

·         Standard Edition (SE) offers both licensing models to address basic database workloads



SQL Server 2012 Editions


Licensing Options




Core Based

Open NL (US$)


Main Editions


High end datacenter, data warehousing and BI capabilities



$6,874 per Core

Business Intelligence

Enterprise BI and High Scale Analytics



$8,592 per Server*


Basic database and BI capabilities

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