We recently announced pricing for Lync Server 2010 which is the new name for our next Office Communication Server.
You can find all the details at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/lync/pricing-licensing.aspx
Lync Server 2010 follows the Server/Client Access License (CAL) model. Under this model, a Lync Server 2010 license is required for each operating system environment running Lync Server 2010. A CAL is required for each user or device accessing the Lync Server. You can acquire Lync Server 2010 CAL as standalone servers and Client Access licenses (CAL) or you can purchase the CALs as part of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL (ECAL) Suite. Lync 2010 is the client software used to interact with the Lync Server 2010 Server and is licensed separately as a standalone license, or available via Office 2007 Pro Plus and Office 2007 Enterprise.
Standard Edition requires that primary server components, as well as the database for storing user and conference information, be configured on a single computer. Standard Edition is recommended for organizations that do not require higher availability through load balancing.
Enterprise Edition enables separation of server functionality and data storage to achieve higher capacity and availability. Enterprise Edition is recommended for organizations that require higher availability through load balancing.
The tables below illustrate the additional new and improved features contained within the Lync Server 2010 CAL offerings:
The Lync Server 2010 Standard CAL is a prerequisite to both the Lync Server 2010 Enterprise CAL and Lync Server 2010 Plus CAL. Any versions of the CALs may run on either the Standard or Enterprise version of the server. Additionally, both Lync Server 2010 Standard and Enterprise CALs are components of the Microsoft Enterprise CAL Suite – the Plus CAL can only be acquired standalone.
Lync 2010 is the client software used to interact with the Lync Server. Lync 2010 is available as both a stand-alone product and is also included in Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.
Public IM Connectivity (PIC) remains a separate license, unchanged from the current Office Communications Server 2007 R2 offerings.
The following additional software components are associated with the Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Server license (either the Enterprise Edition or the Standard Edition):
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 as deployed in:
Archiving and Monitoring Server Role
Audio/Video Conferencing Server Role
Central Management Server Role
Lync Web Application Server Role
Edge Server Role
Group Chat Server Role
Mediation Server Role
Reach Application Sharing Server Role
Survivable Branch Appliance Role
Unified Communications Application Server Role
Web Conferencing Server Role
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Control Panel
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Web App Plug-In
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Group Chat Administration Tool
Microsoft Lync 2010 in UISuppressionMode
Microsoft PowerShell Snap-In
Qualified Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with Software Assurance customers will have the following license migration rights to the corresponding Lync Server 2010 offerings as described by the following table:
NOTE: If you are outside of the United States and Canada, you can get pricing information from your local Microsoft office. Find contact information for your local Microsoft office on the Microsoft Worldwide Information site. All prices reflect pricing for purchases within the United States and are in U.S. dollars. The prices listed are estimates; reseller pricing can vary.
Where can I get the grandfathering policy referred to above?