Yes, we are just a few weeks away from the addition of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 being added to the Volume Licensing pricelists. What this means is that as of August, 2008, you will have access to the part numbers and prices of the latest Microsoft SQL Server release to come to market! In case you are wondering if there are any big surprises, I’ll let you know that the licensing of SQL Server 2008 remains consistent with SQL Server 2005 with similar pricing.
Again, you will have the opportunity to choose between several editions of SQL Server to meet the needs of your clients (including the addition of a new “Web Edition”). Here is a quick overview of the different editions of SQL Server 2008:
- Enterprise Edition – A comprehensive data management and business intelligence platform providing enterprise class scalability, high availability and security for running business critical applications. Available in Per Processor or Server + CAL licensing models.
- Standard Edition – A complete data management and business intelligence platform providing best in class ease of use and manageability for running departmental applications. Available in Per Processor or Server + CAL licensing models.
- Workgroup Edition – A reliable data management and reporting platform providing secure, remote synchronization and management capabilities for running branch applications. Available in Per Processor or Server + CAL licensing models.
- Developer Edition – May be installed and used by one user to design, develop, test and demonstrate your programs on as many systems as needed. Available in Per Processor licensing model.
- Web Edition – A low-TCO, scalable & manageable database option for web hosters and end customers looking to deploy publicly facing web applications and services. Available in Per Processor licensing model.
- Express Edition – A free edition of SQL Server ideal for learning and building desktop and small server applications and for re-distribution by ISVs
- Compact Edition – A free, SQL Server embedded database ideal for building stand-alone and occasionally connected applications for mobile devices, desktops & web clients
- Evaluation Edition – This edition may be installed for demonstration and evaluation purposes until an expiration period of 180 days.
With most clients using the Enterprise or Standard editions, below is a quick side-by-side showing a high-level difference between these two editions to help you in your conversations with your clients on which one is right for them:
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There is also a more detailed version available online here.
You also have the opportunity to view some Demos and Videos to find out what’s new with SQL Server 2008 in addition to trying a Virtual Lab to discover SQL Server 2008 first-hand. If you’re looking for some overall information on SQL Server 2008, you might want to check out the SQL Server 2008 Quick Facts or head on out to the SQL Server 2008 website to learn even more.
Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Microsoft Senior Manager, Community Engagement
US Partner Strategy, Marketing and Programs
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