SQL Server Licensing Changes 2012

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SQL Server Licensing Changes 2012

  1. 1. What you need to know about the newSQL Server Licensing ChangesAnd why SQL Server is driving the value statement for moving tothe HP DL980 for server virtualization
  2. 2. Why is this happening? Consolidation Vertical Scaling Low utilization on multiple servers =  Mission critical applications are now running on SQL Server  excessive licensing charges  wasted space, storage, electricity  Expanded Virtual Machine core-count in  Complicated system management vSphere 5 and Hyper-V means plenty of  etc., etc., etc. headroom for vertically-scaled applications SQL is growing up; exceeding memory  vSphere 5 supports 32 cores! limits  Accelerates provisioning Managing server farms is becoming  This helps customers in progressing expensive & difficult towards their goal of Cloud Computing
  3. 3. What will happen to your SQL Server costs? In March, 2012, Microsoft will change the licensing model for SQL Server from Socket-based to Core-based  Microsoft considers a Socket = 4 cores for price parity  Any socket with > 4 cores will trigger an increase in cost  This applies to all SQL Server versions, not just the new SQL 2012
  4. 4. How do you leverage this change? Two time-bound opportunities:  Customers who sign a SA (Software Assurance) agreement before March 2012 can continue to license software on a socket-based model for up to 3 years and save SIGNIFICANT money.  Value: The DL980 sockets have 10 cores; Microsoft assumes a socket = 4 cores. So, customers pay for 4 cores and get another 6 cores FOR FREE  Even if you DON’T sign a new SA, you still have until March, 2012, to consolidate dozens of small SQL Server machines onto a single DL980 and obtain the power of an 80 core system for the price of an 8 socket server!
  5. 5. So how can I help youachieve greater gains for less money? Please call Bill Buress at 508-238-9887 x 4205 bburess@hubtechnical.com

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