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Windows Server 2008 Pricing, and introducing the Hyper-V Server...

Windows Server 2008 Pricing, and introducing the Hyper-V Server...

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It's out.  I've been wanted to tell people since I heard about this last week, and it's finally been made public.


Hyper-V; the artist formerly known as Viridian, will be available in 3 of the 8 Windows Server 2008 versions, so customers will need to choose whether they want a Hyper-V version or not.  The breakdown is as follows:

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V: $971 (with five client-access licenses, or CAL's)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V: $3,971 (with 25 CAL's)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: $2,971 (per processor)
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems: $2,999 (per processor)
  • Windows Web Server 2008: $469

Pricing for Windows Server 2008 will be no more than 1% higher than for Windows Server 2003. The prices listed are for a one-off purchase of a perpetual license, not volume licenses.

So, those 5 versions will ship without Hyper-V, however, when the versions incorporating Hyper-V technology become available, they will be priced as follows:

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard: $999 (with five CAL's)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: $3,999 (with 25 CAL's)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: $2,999 (per processor)

On a licensing front, you still get the four free running virtual instances of Windows Server 2008 on top, and for Datacenter, you get unlimited virtualisation rights.  The new addition is for Windows Server Standard 2008 in which you now get 1 running virtual instance, whereas on 2003 you got none.

So, all that kind of makes sense?  Now for the BIG announcement.  We're releasing a standalone version of the Hypervisor.  Yes, that's right.  Hyper-V Server.  It will be priced at $28 regardless of the number of processors.  No Windows on there by default.  Just the Hypervisor.  Great if you want to run, for example, virtual machines from Sun or Linux.  This is absolutely fantastic news and it's going to be really interesting to see how this pans out over the next year...

Notice how the price difference between the Hyper-V enabled versions, and the non-Hyper-V versions.  Just $28.  The same $28 that goes to make up the cost of the Hyper-V Server.  This is a change from the announcements we've made throughout the Windows Server 2008 campaign, that Windows Server virtualisation would be free, it would be a role, and at no extra cost, but, at $28, the cost really is minimal.  I will look for the official reasoning with interest.

On top of that, we've also got the Partners on board,:

"In addition, Microsoft Hyper-V Server will increase original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners’ ability to offer customers simplified, reliable and cost-effective virtualization solutions that can easily plug in to their existing infrastructure. Partners including Dell Inc., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Fujitsu Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., HP, IBM Corp., Lenovo, NEC Corp. and Unisys are already committed to working with Microsoft to offer solutions based on Microsoft Hyper-V Server once it is available" WebWire

"We've also announced the Server Virtualization Validation Program. Beginning in June 2008, vendors will be able to self-test and validate certain technical requirements of their server virtualization software running Windows Server 2008 and prior versions. The program will enable Microsoft to offer cooperative technical support to customers running Windows Server on validated, non-Windows server virtualization software" WebWire

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  • I am new to Windows Server technology and want to know the basics for when I start a very small web-based business (with < 10 PCs/employees).  I plan to purchase Windows Server 2008 (Enterprise?) with (~10) CALs.  I have seen on eBay Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server CALs are priced similarly to Windows Server 2008 (standard) CALs.  What are the differences between a Windows Server Terminal Server 2008 CAL and a Windows Server 2008 CAL?  Can a Terminal Server CAL be used as a standard CAL?  Or, am I better off using Windows Server Home edition, which comes with 10 CALs?  Please email your response to  Thank you in advance for your attention.

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