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Standard Edition. This means that you


have two choices: purchase per core licenses at $1,793 or purchase a server
license at $898 and client access licenses at $209 per client.
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SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition is designed for mission critical data
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be sold after June 2012. The only licensing option available is $6,874 per core
with a maximum of 20 cores.
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SQL Server Licensing: Per Core or Per Server?


If youre planning to use the standard edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 in your
environment, you have a major choice to make: should you opt for the per server
licensing or the per core licensing? Either way, this is likely to cause a significant
increase in your licensing fees. Heres the rundown.
The per core licensing option switches from the earlier model of charging per
processor. Many organizations took advantage of this by purchasing multicore
processors and a single license. The license price of $1,793 per core (with a four
core minimum) is designed to be the same cost incurred for a four-core processor
under SQL Server 2008 R2 ($7.171). If youre running four or fewer cores, youll
see no increase under this model. On the other hand, if youre running more than
four cores per processor, youll see a price increase.
The server/CAL licensing option requires a $898 licensing fee per SQL Server.
This is the same as SQL Server 2008 R2. However, youll also need to purchase
client access licenses (CALs) for each client accessing the database. This is where
Microsoft socks you with a major increase. The fee has now increased 27% to
$209 per CAL.
As you can probably tell, you'll need to sit down with a spreadsheet and run some
numbers before making your final SQL Server 2012 licensing decisions. The options
you choose may have a significant impact on your overall database license costs and
should be considered carefully.
That sums up the licensing options available for SQL Server 2012. AsUP
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