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SQL Server 2012 Editions and Licensing


Microsoft published the licensing options and prices. Two aspects stand out:

  • A new edition: Business Intelligence (between Standard- and Enterprise Edition)
  • A move to core based licensing (from processor based)


The main editions and the differences in functionality:

Standard Edition:

  • Basic OLTP
  • Basic Reporting & Analytics
  • Programmability
  • Manageability
  • Basic High Availability

Business Intelligence Edition:

Standard Edition +:

  • Data Quality Services
  • Master Data Services
  • Power View
  • PowerPivot for Sharepoint Portal Server
  • Semantic model, advanced analytics

Enterprise Edition

Business Intelligence Edition +:

  • Advanced Security
  • Advanced High availability
  • ColumnStore indexing
  • Compression
  • Partitioning


US Pricing:

This is an overview of the expected prices:


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