Yesterday we found out that Windows Server 2012 has gone RTM with an official blog post from the Windows server engineering team! September the 4th (there will be a virtual launch event) is the day when it will be available for you to purchase and start upgrading your servers, volume licence customers will be able to get hold of a copy ‘in the next couple of weeks’.
Microsoft announced their pricing a few weeks ago – there will be the usual datacentre & standard editions (no enterprise edition this time) as well as two editions aimed at smaller business customers which are known as essentials and foundation.
To get hold of the client version – ‘Windows 8’ you are going to have to wait a little longer as that will be made available on October the 26th.
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
Server 2012 License Overview