Microsoft have recently announced their new licencing model for Windows Server 2012 with the SKUs available being changed.
As you can imagine Microsoft have a highly ‘cloud optimized’ version of Server 2012 coming in the form of the data centre edition which as with the 2008 versions is licenced per processor (around $4809 Open NL pricing) and again as with 2008 you can run unlimited virtual instances.
Then comes a change as there is no longer the ‘Enterprise’ version instead you jump straight down to the standard edition (open NL price over $882) which Microsoft are aiming at ‘Low density or non- Virtualized environments’ this allows for a full a Windows server and two virtual instances.
You then have two further editions aimed at the smaller business ‘Essentials’ and ‘Foundation’ other versions have no virtual instance rights and both have a limited user account limit 25 users for the Essentials (with an Open NL price of $425) and 15 for the Foundation (foundation has no known pricing as its only available to OEM)
It is no great surprise to see the licensing model heavily geared around Hyper-V and both public and private cloud. More information can be found on the Microsoft licence website for Server 2012 >>http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/2012-editions.aspx