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I once had a sales leader say to me “where there is change, there is opportunity.” What we”ve found regarding SQL 2012 is there is a lot of confusion around virtualization, how this will affect the datacenter environment, and ultimately how will this affect costs. At the same time, it might mean opportunity!
I wrote in a previous blog post about SQL 2012 in a general sense, and today I would like to review my two reasons on why switching to SQL Enterprise 2012 may be a good move.
Those two things alone “might” be a reason to switch. With unlimited virtualization, you can license every physical core (minimum 4 cores per processor) on the host machine that allow you to spin up as many virtual instances of SQL on that host machine. This is a good move considering the cost of SQL Datacenter 2008R2 was outrageous. The issue now is SQL 2012 is licensed by the core not by the physical processor. For those service providers that built very robust servers with multiple cores this may be a price increase. (Thus, the “might” part in my explanation above in reasons to switch.)
So now that you have unlimited virtualization, what happens if those virtual instances (VM’s) can move from host to host or even across data centers?Theoretically you would need to license those physical hosts right?
To quote ESPN’s Lee Corso… “Not so fast my friend.”
Now you should consider License Mobility within server farms. From the SPUR (Service Provider Use Rights) “You may reassign licenses to any of your servers located within the same server farm as often as needed”
The trick is you have to license the physical hosts with the most cores in order to be covered. In other words, you cannot have 1 host with 4 cores and another host with 16 cores and expect the VM to move around with only licensing the one with 4 cores. You would need to license the host machine with 16 cores in order to be compliant. The other trick is the servers have to be located within the same server farm. To quote the October 2012 SPUR page 29 –
A server farm consists of up to two data centers each physically located:
Each data center may be part of only one server farm. You may reassign a data center from one server farm to another, but not on a short-term basis (i.e., not within 30 days of the last assignment).
One other minor thing to consider: you will be “forced” to transition to 2012 when your enrollment expires. If you sign a new SPLA after December 2012, you will have to license SQL 2012 regardless if you are running SQL 7 (does that still exist) 2005, 2008 or 2008R2. Talk to your Softchoice account manager to see when your agreement expires and best options available. I will also host quarterly licensing briefs outlining best practices, SQL, and Windows 2012 in December.
Reach out to your Softchoice account manager or with me directly on twitter for the latest updates.