Josh Condie – MPN has recently been updated with some great training and technical resources to help prepare our partner community for the coming release of SQL Server 2012. Everything from licensing overviews to technical product training is available in a multitude of formats.
Of special note are the coming licensing changes in 2012. SQL Server 2012 will continue to offer two licensing options – one that is based on computing power, and one that is 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 given high core-density server hardware. It also provides a more consistent licensing metric regardless of where the solution is deployed across on-premises to cloud.
- 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, licensed by the number of users or devices
- Standard Edition (SE) will have the option of both licensing models to address a wide variety of basic database workloads
More to follow soon on the intricacies of licensing in the new “Core” model, as well as the great value Software Assurance has in the new release (not just in your upgrade rights).