Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Licensing Model Changes

The long and short of it is there are several changes in the way SQL 2012 will be offered from a licensing and product stand point. The Three Main Versions of SQL Server   Server + CAL Core-Based Enterprise Business Intelligence (NEW) Standard   What you need to know about Core based Licensing Microsoft is moving towards licensing by computer power for Enterprise Customers Core Pack are sold in units of 2 with a minimum of 4 required per physical server. With physical server licensing you must license all of the cores of the server. Note for Enterprise Customers: Check … Continue reading Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Licensing Model Changes

Maximizing Your Microsoft Software Investment – Report from IDC

http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/9/D/99D5C2DF-06AA-48D7-94E1-2D3C1DA4E709/IDC_Maximizing_Your_Microsoft_Software_Investment.pdf CONCLUSIONIDC believes that Microsoft has made good faith efforts to dramatically boost thevalue of Software Assurance, a good step on Microsoft’s part to retain a high level oftrust among customers. In addition, according to IDC’s research, companies that usethe tools provided by Microsoft Software Assurance can get more out of theirMicrosoft software investment. However, realizing benefits from SA is a two-waystreet: Microsoft is responsible for keeping SA relevant with respect to its customers’needs, and customers are responsible for taking advantage of the benefits thatare offered. E s s e n t i a l G u i d a … Continue reading Maximizing Your Microsoft Software Investment – Report from IDC