What are the details of the pricing changes for SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise?
Yes there will be a Price Increase on the May Pricelist. The per processor price of SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard edition is being increased by 25% and the per processor price of SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise edition is being increased by 15% from the current pricing. There is no change to SQL Server pricing under the server/CAL licensing model
Implications for Customers beyond May 1st 2010.
Customers using greater that 8 Processors or 2TB of Memory will be recommended Datacenter (DC)
Recommendation, Buy now with SA.
- Lock in SQL Server 2008 prices & retain unlimited Virtualization rights before May 2010
- Save 15% on Enterprise Edition and 25% on Standard Edition per processor licenses
- Receive step-up rights to the Datacenter Edition of the next version of SQL Server (SQL11)
- Improved Business Intelligence and powerful user end tools
- Enable self-service analysis and easier collaboration with Power Pivot and SharePoint
- Improve data quality with Master Data Services
- Save on Storage Costs
- Reduce storage costs by up to 50% through improved data compression
What are the new editions in SQL Server 2008 R2?
Microsoft are bringing to market the key innovations for SQL Server 2008 R2. With this announcement Microsoft have introduced two premium editions: SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter and SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse. Both deliver on customers’ needs for the highest scale for OLTP and Data Warehousing.
Which edition is right for my needs?
SQL Server 2008 R2 delivers a range of editions to meet the different needs of customers. In R2, two new premium editions are offered; SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter for highest scale mission-critical OLTP workloads and SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse for organizations looking for hardware choice when scaling from 10s – 100s of terabytes and into the 1+ Petabyte range. Microsoft continues to offer SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise for applications that need the highest availability and security and SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard for departments or small organizations looking for a complete solution with minimal impact on IT resources.
How can I buy SQL Server?
What are the SQL Licensing changes with 2008 R2?
SQL Server 2008 R2 – Downgrade Rights
- Microsoft will provide downgrade rights with SQL Server 2008 R2
- Customers can downgrade their software, however, the Product Use Rights for the current R2 version will prevail (For Instance, R2 EE customer can choose to deploy 2008 (R1) software, but the R2 EE PUR applies)
Down Edition Rights
- New “down edition” rights are being introduced for SQL Server 2008 R2
- Customers who purchase a higher edition of SQL Server have rights to use a lower edition, but the Product Use rights of the higher edition will prevail (For Instance, DC customer can choose to deploy SE, but the R2 DC PUR applies)
“If I have licensed SQL Server under Server/CAL, will I be able to use the SQL Server 2008 CAL with the R2 Server?”
Since R2 is a major release; SQL Server 2008 CALs cannot access SQL Server 2008 R2 Servers. Only SQL Server 2008 CALs with SA can access the R2 Server.