A while I go I did a post on licensing SQL Server in a virtual world, and there some changes you need to be aware of with the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 as the current site for SQL Server 2008 R2 doesn’t have this detail
Very simply SQL Server licensing has been aligned to Windows Server licensing:
This alignment also applies to CPU support and memory as the table below shows..
Two other things to note..
PowerPivot for Sharepoint Master Data Services unicode compression (which apparently is really useful if you’re running SAP) the Enterprise features introduced in SQL server 2008/5 e.g. Resource Governor, partitions more than 3 nodes in your cluster etc. as ever there is an exception to every rule and in SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard edition, data and backup compression are included except for the unicode compression mentioned above.
The editions page of the SQL Server 2008 R2 site, currently only has an overview of this but should be your primary resource in understanding which edition is right for your business and how to license it
I do think this is all pretty straightforward and reduces confusion, rather than the customisation approach where you buy the basic engine (much as you would buy a car) but every little add-on is an extra cost such as compression, clustering etc. but as ever comments are welcome.
It would be really nice to see StreamInsight separate from the Datacenter edition. Are there any plans for that?
Well spotted on the deliberate omission!
the answer is yes and I am in the porcess of writing a post about it and confirming that I can post about it