A quick follow up on my earlier post and promise to provide an update for EA customers impacted by the upcoming licensing changes in Server 2012 -
- EA Customer with Enterprise Server licenses will have their licenses automatically converted from a single Enterprise Server license to two (2) Standard Server licenses when the new Server 2012 licensing become effective.
- Standard Server 2012 licenses are functionally equivalent to DataCenter Server 2012 licenses.
- DataCenter Server 2012 licenses provide for access to unlimited VMs.
- Standard Server 2012 nlicenses provide access to two (2) VMs per license.
- Standard Server 2012 licenses may be "stacked" on a single server to provide for. hosting additional VMs
Most customers will have no issues with Enterprise Server licensing as:
- Standard and DataCenter Server editions are functionally equivalen.t
- The conversion of one Enterprise 2008 R2 server license to two Standard Server 2012 licenses provides for access to the four VMs previously provided via Enterprise Server 2008 R2.
It is worth noting, however, that a Step-Up license is available for EA customers to upgrade existing Enterprise Server 2008 R2 licenses to Data Center Server 2008 R2 licenses. The Step-Up license must be executed before October 1st, 2012. Cost for the step-up license varies depending on the actual Enterprise Agreement, but should be in the neighborhood of fifty (50) dollars for each Enterprise Server 2008 R2 license being upgraded to a DataCenter Server 2008 R2 processor license.
A two processor server requires two (2) Data Center Server 2008R2 licenses, one per processor, whereas the current Enterprise Server 2008 R2 product is licensed per server.
$100 and two Enterprise licenses increase licensed VMs from 8 to unlimited.
Please contact your LAR responsible for your EA and ask about Enterprise Server Step-Up licenses if you are interested in taking advantage of this licensing opportunity.