Microsoft bumps up Windows Server 2012 R2 pricing

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Microsoft bumps up Windows Server 2012 R2 pricing

Software Assurance customers skip price hike.

Microsoft has lifted the lid on the pricing for its upcoming Windows Server 2012 R2 products, revealing a hefty price hike for its top of the line product.

The Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2012 has risen by almost 28 per cent in R2 drag, from US$4,809 to US$6,155 for customers who use it in a highly virtualised environment.

Edition Limitations Licensing model Price
Datacentre Unlimited, full feature set Per processor and client access license (CAL) $6,155
Standard Two virtual operating system environments (OSE); full feature set Per processor and CAL $882
Essentials Two processors, one OSE, limited features 25-user max limit; no CALs needed $501
Foundation Single processor, limited features 15-user max limit; no CALs needed Available via OEMs only.

Windows Server 2012 pricing; all amounts in US$. Source: Microsoft

A single license covers up to two physical processors in a server, Microsoft stated. This means a dual-processor server with three virtual OSEs needs either a single Datacenter license, or two Standard Edition ones.

Ultimately a dual-processor server running twelve virtual OSEs requires six Standard Edition licenses, which at US$4,806 would still be cheaper than that of a single Datacenter equivalent. At sixteen virtual OSEs and beyond, it costs less to use Datacenter Edition licenses for dual-processor machines.

The same CALs that are used for Windows Server 2012 can be used for R2 as well, Microsoft said.

Another change introduced with WS2012R2 is that the Remote Desktop Service (RDS) CALs can be used on public clouds. These cost US$102 for a device CAL, and US$118 for a user CAL.

Separate CALs are however still needed for RDS, and this applies to third-party apps from Citrix, Erciom, GraphOn and others that directly or indirectly interact with the Windows Server graphical user interface, Microsoft said.

A new Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE) has been introduced under the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, providing a 15 per cent discount for new license and Software Assurance purchases and five per cent on renewals.

Microsoft also said the SCE offered the company's lowest Windows Azure pricing.

Commitment to Software Assurance is required for three years and also to full System Centre coverage on Windows Server installed base through Core Infrastructure Suites.

Software Assurance licensees who are currently running Windows Server 2012 won't have to pay to shift to the new R2 version, Microsoft said. Before that, the company also switched to a per-processor licensing model for Windows Server 2012 and put the cost of the Standard Edition up by 22 per cent, and doubled the charge for the Datacenter Edition licence.

The increased license charge for Windows Server 2012 R2 follows Microsoft's decision to hike license pricing for several products last year, and bump up user CAL costs by 15 per cent.

iTnews has contacted Microsoft Australia to obtain local license pricing for Windows Server 2012 R2 and will update the story when the information arrives.

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