Faster Delivery = Happy Users
Automated Process = Fewer Errors
Standards = Cost Reduction
Order Visibility = Confidence
Linking Systems = Efficiency
There’s significant buzz about the updates and changes afoot for SQL 2012, but what does it mean for our SPLA partners?
In general, the key takeaways from this product update include:
So what does all that mean to you? Beginning in spring when SQL 2012 launches (or whenever you choose to deploy) you’ll be paying for the power that you need instead of the physical processors. In addition, SQL Enterprise will offer unlimited virtualization rights. Given how pricey the Datacenter SKU has historically been, this could mean cost savings for service providers that were previously licensing Datacenter.
The new way of licensing SQL 2012 is a bit interesting. Instead of licensing by the physical processor you will need to license by the core. The cores will be approximately ¼ of the costs of SQL 2008R2 processor license. However, there’s a 4 core minimum in order to report this SKU. In other words, if you have a machine with two cores, you still need to report four cores!
Here are some simple guidelines:
The transition process is a bit cloudy, (no pun intended). One of the key benefits of SPLA is the ability to use the latest version and downgrade to previous SKU. This is an option within the parameters of specific dates:
More information on this coming soon! Look for another blog post on SQL 2012 as more information becomes available. If you have a volume licensing agreement, check out the other blogs on this at http://blogs.softchoice.com/microsoftnavigator/2011/11/04/sql-2012-denali-microsoft-outlines-upcoming-licensing-changes/