SQL Server 2012 Licensing – Are you ready for the changes?

Hi Friends,

Are you ready for new licensing models in SQL Server 2012?

Yes, there are a couple of changes you need to take a note of:

Enterprise Edition of SQL Server goes into core-based licensing (no more processor based license). Which means if you deploy SQL Server EE on a box with 8 cores, you pay for 8 cores. The more powerful machine you run SQL Server on, more you pay ! Furthermore, EE will have all the new AlwaysOn capabilities.

Standard Edition, however, can still be procured in Server + CAL model as well as Core-based model.

Workgroup Edition is not there anymore. And Datacenter Edition has been merged into Enterprise Edition.


There is a new edition called “Business Intelligence” edition, and this was expected knowing SQL Server’s foothold in BI market. BI edition, however, will only be available in Server + CAL model (no core based model)

This was just a summary. Time for you to read more and start planning your migrations – http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/sql2012-licensing.aspx

There are some changes you might like, some you might not – I would love to hear your feedback and pass it on to Microsoft. Do post your comments and be heard as to what you think about the new licensing models.




About Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal is always brainstorming around SQL Server. Despite working with SQL since 1997, he is amazed that he keeps learning new things every single day. SQL Server is AB's first love, and his wife does not mind that. He tries to share as much and spreads the SQL goodness. Internals and Performance Tuning excites him, and also gives him sleepless nights at times, simply because he is not a genius, but quite a hard worker and does not give up. It has been a long and exciting journey since 1997, you can read here: http://sqlmaestros.com/amit-bansal/ He is on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/A_Bansal

View all posts by Amit Bansal →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.