Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Licensing Details

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted November 7, 2011

Microsoft has rolled out a description of its SQL Server 2012 licensing model. The up-and-coming relational database management system (formerly code-named "Denali") promises self-service business intelligence features and other new capabilities. As reported on, the new SQL Server 2012 licensing model is based on an organization's computing power, number of users and use of virtualization. Beyond that, the devil lurks in the details.


"SQL Server 2012 will be available in three editions: Enterprise, Business Intelligence and Standard. The Enterprise edition is an all-inclusive product in terms of its features, and Microsoft is positioning it for 'mission critical applications and large scale data warehousing' uses. The Business Intelligence edition is a new product offering. It adds BI features while also including all of the features in the Standard edition. Microsoft recommends the Standard edition for 'basic database, reporting and analytics capabilities,' according to its white paper.

"Microsoft rolled much of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter edition licensing rights into the SQL Server 2012 Enterprise edition, so the old Datacenter edition will disappear as a top product-line offering. Microsoft will offer a Web edition of SQL Server 2012, but only to organizations signing a Service Provider License Agreement. Developer, Express and Compact editions will still be available after the SQL Server 2012 product is released, Microsoft indicated."

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