Josh Condie – With the Release Candidate for SQL Server 2012 now available it is now more important than ever that Microsoft effectively communicate the significant licensing changes that are coming with the new release. Below is the best, concise summary that I have seen.
SQL Server 2012 will be released in 3 main editions:
The main editions are now offered in a consistent, tiered model which creates greater consistency across editions, features and licensing. Enterprise Edition will include all features available in SQL Server 2012. The Business Intelligence Edition will include premium BI features as well as all of the Standard Edition features.
Server and Client Access License (CAL) Licensing:
Individual Virtual Machines