On September 1st 2012, Microsoft released the next version of their product Windows Server 2012 and has discontinued the licenses for version 2008R2. With this new release, there will be some licensing and pricing changes that you should be aware of, a summary of these changes follows.
- The only versions of Windows Server that will be available from this point onward are Windows Server Standard and Windows Server Datacenter.
- Both Windows Server Standard and Windows Server Datacenter will be sold as a per processor license with a two license bundle and will require CALS for each user or device connecting to the server.
- Both Windows Server Standard and Windows Server Datacenter will have predominantly the same features. The exception to this rule is that the Datacenter version will have unlimited virtualization rights and the Standard version will only have two virtual instances per license.
- Windows Server Standard 2012 will have a price increase of approximately 22% compared to Windows Server Standard 2008R2. This is due to extra features not included in the 2008 version such as rights to an additional virtual server installation for each license purchased.
- Users looking for Windows Server Enterprise 2008R2 will now have to choose between the Standard version or Datacenter version. Users that migrate to the standard version will see a price decrease from the 2008R2 Enterprise version. Users that migrate to the datacenter version will see a price increase from the 2008R2 Enterprise version.
As clients are looking to upgrade older equipment, we wanted to share this information and help give clarity for the changes in pricing of server operating systems from Microsoft. Please contact us if you have any questions or require a re-quote.