SQL Server 2012, which will launch some time in the first few months of 2012, has a lot of moving parts. Exactly how is Microsoft going to bundle up its various capabilities?
We know a bit about the three main SQL Server 2012 editions -- Enterprise, BI (Business Intelligence) and Standard -- thanks to a new chart posted to the Microsoft SQL Server page. There also will still be Web Developer and Express versions of SQL Server 2012, but they're not detailed.
Microsoft is eliminating three of its current SKUs when it launches SQL Server 2012, according to its Licensing frequently asked questions (FAQ) document. The three:
• Datacenter – its features will now be available in Enterprise Edition • Workgroup – Standard will replace it • Standard for Small Business – Standard will replace it
Here's Microsoft's chart explaining what's in (and not) in the three main SKUs, or packages:
(Click on the chart to enlarge.)
BI is a brand-new SKU that wasn't part of previous SQL Server releases.
Standard offers "basic database, reporting and analytics capabilities." BI includes all Standard's capabilities, plus Power View ("Crescent"), reporting and analytics, data-quality services and master-data services. Enterprise includes all the Standard and BI features, plus the "AlwaysOn" high-availability, ColumnStore datawarehousing functionality, and "Maximum virtualization" (for users with Software Assurance licenses). Enterprise has a 20-core max, while BI and Standard support 16 cores max.
With SQL Server 2012, Microsoft will offer three licensing options:
• Core-based Licensing for Enterprise • Server + CAL (Client Access License) licensing for Business Intelligence • Choice of core-based licensing or Server + CAL licensing for Standard
There's no word (yet) on planned SQL Server 2012 pricing.
(Thanks to Directions on Microsoft's Wes Miller for his tweet on the new editions.)