As many of you know, March 7th is the launch of SQL Server 2012. With a little over one one week to go, the time is now to dig in and see what SQL Server 2012 is all about! You can join in the festivities next week by attending the virtual launch event (register here). There will be over 30 “watch and learn” sessions for you to bone up on your knowledge of the new platform so do not miss out.
With the release of any new version of our software there comes with it the licensing questions, unfortunately! If you have taken the time to read the SQL Server 2012 Licensing Datasheet or the SQL Server 2012 Editions and Licensing FAQ you have noticed that the Workgroup edition of SQL Server is being retired. Therefore, no SQL Server 2012 Workgroup edition will exist. Moving forward the base line version of SQL Server 2012 will be the “Standard” edition, and will be available in either a “Server/CAL” purchase option or as a “Per Core” option. NOTICE we are moving to a “Per Core” Pricing model, rather than a “Per Processor” model. I leave the guides mentioned above to explain that transition.
The Licensing guide illustrates well the three principal versions of SQL Server 2012, and how they are licensed and migrated via Software Assurance (SA). What it does not do is to define the SA transition for the retired products other than the Datacenter SKU.
The fine print reads:
*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.
This statement is wholly inadequate if you or your customer own SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup edition at present with SA. …In other words, what do I get for my investment in SA now that the version I purchased will be retired? Good question. One I have heard many times in the last few months.
Here is the story. It is a good one and it exemplifies why SA is a solid investment for those who want to take advantage of the latest technology from Microsoft.
Customers with Software Assurance on SQL Server Server 2008 R2 Workgroup Edition will be transitioned into SQL Server 2012 Standard edition at general availability. I should be cleare that the Launch event I mentioned above is not the date of general availability. That will come after the launch and in the first have half of 2012. It does not matter whether a customer purchased the “Server/CAL” license or the “Per Processor” license. In either case, they transition into either the “Server/CAL” or “Per CORE” versions SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition. In the case of the “Per Processor” to “Per Core” transition, the default grant is 4 Cores per processor license.
To Summarize for SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup Edition Server/CAL licenses with Software Assurance:
-SA Customers can upgrade to SQL Server 2012 Standard (Server-CAL) at general availability.
-CALs will be upgraded to SQL Server 2012 CALs
-At agreement renewal customers can renew into SQL Server 2012 Standard (Server) and SQL Server 2012 CALs.
To Summarize for SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup Edition Per Processor Licenses with Software Assurance:
-SA Customers can upgrade to SQL Server 2012 Standard bits (Core) at general availability.
-During the term of the agreement customers may use the 2012 software under 2008 R2 per processor licensing rules
-At agreement renewal customers can renew into actual number of ‘cores in use’ SQL Server 2012 Standard core licenses. Default grant is 4 core licenses per processor license. Customers are expected to maintain proof of hardware configuration at renewal if they renew into more than 4 cores.
It took me quite a while to find this information initially, so I am sure you are having a little trouble too. I hope you found this helpful!