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