SQL Server 2008 – Special Focus


SQL Server 2008 is around the corner!!

The licensing of SQL Server 2008 will remain consistent with SQL Server 2005 with similar pricing, sighs of relief 🙂

Look out for the new Web SKU which has been added to SPLA for August and will become available in Volume Licensing around the October timeframe

The notable SKU related changes for SQL Server 2008 from SQL Server 2005 are:

  • Addition of a Web SKU. This is a SKU for hosting public facing web sites and applications only, and is available in SPLA and VL channels
  • Individual binaries for SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition 32-bit, 64-bit and Itanium platform will be available on a single DVD as against a separate DVD for each platform.
  • SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition is no longer available for Itanium processors

Note for ISVs: A nominal charge has been introduced for ISV Royalty runtime servers

The licensing model for SQL Server 2008 is also similar to that of 2005. The notable differences are:

  • SQL Server 2008 licenses are no longer platform specific (32 bit, 64 bit or Itanium) and a license may be used to run the software on any these supported platforms.
  • Sample code for SQL Server 2008 will be available for download from the corporate website, instead of being installed via the DVD.

For more details on SQL Server 2008 licensing visit: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy/default.mspx

SQL 2008 Whitepaper


1 Comment

  1. Hi,Good to see the platform licenses have been dropped.On reading the licensing document it talks about multiplexing and how it still requires CAL\’s, can you clarify what happens in the following types of situations:we have SCCM, SCOM, OCS, sharepoint etc…. in these products the enterprise server is accessing SQL rather than the client devices themselves. We have already purchased the server licenses for these products and the CAL\’s to match would we then also need SQL cals (assuming we dont have a processor license) for all of these things that are accessing sql indirectly through the enterprise product? I know in some cases say with sharepoint where a user is running reports that directly access SQL reporting that they would need a CAL but in the other scinarios it seems a bit much beyond requiring the enterprise server to have a device CAL (or purchase the product versions with it included)

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