Windows Server 2012 Licensing

Only days after I have published my blog articleon Azure and Windows Server, Microsoft officially announced their Windows Server 2012 licensing model including pricing. You can check it out at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/2012-editions.aspx. The interesting thing about this Microsoft announcement is that it fits nicely into what I have predicted: Microsoft is getting ready for the cloud by making Windows Server a real cloud OS – and Windows Server 2012 is the first step into this direction. The new licensing model is simpler than ever before, no more Enterprise Edition or Web Edition. What I like most is that Standard Edition and Datacenter Edition both include the same feature set. The only difference is the number of virtual instances; two per Standard Edition license and unlimited with a Datacenter Edition license.

The only piece that’s still missing so far is an updated licensing model for virtual/remote desktop and remote application access.

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  1. Totally agree that Windows Server 2012 is cloud-ready! I also really like the fact that the Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 supports managing on-premise servers as well as those in Azure! The future looks “Cloudy” (and bright)! :-)

    Comment by Freek Berson on July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

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