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Windows 2012 has now been released and with its arrival comes new versions and new licensing rules

Windows Server 2008 is no longer available; Windows  Server 2012 has now been released and with its arrival comes new versions and new licensing rules. The current enterprise, Web Server, Small Business Server (SBS) and High Performance Computing (HPC) editions will all cease, to be replaced with a more simplified and standardised product line up [to match other infrastructure products] divided into ‘four flavours’:

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition for highly virtualized private cloud environments (which includes unlimited virtual instances)
    • Datacenter licence prices have doubled, but they do now provide for two processors instead of the one, so the overall pricing remains the same
    • Unusually for Microsoft, Datacenter requires both a processor license and Client Access Licenses (CALs) for every user or device accessing a server. ...continue reading

I wanted to share the news that Microsoft plans significant price increases for Open and Open Value licensing from July - these are licensing options for small and midsize organisations. All orders invoiced on or after 1st July 2012 will be at the new pricing, with no exceptions.

I understand the price increase is driven by a need to “re-align” UK pricing with European pricing, a disparity which has developed as a result of ongoing currency differences between Euro and Non Euro currencies.

This does not currently affect SPLA pricing, which according to ChannelPro in an article last month will not see price increases until January 2013.

The price increase will apply to the whole UK channel, and I understanding that it will be a 1.7 per cent increase for Open and 25.9 per cent increase for Open Value and Open Value Subscription.

For resellers working with us, it is essential that any outstanding quotes, or quotes we issue during June, are closed before Friday 29th June to benefit from current pricing.

The July pricelist has not yet been released, but our systems will be updated as soon as it is.