The SQL Server 2012 Editions have been streamlined to better align with how customers are deploying applications and solutions.
SQL Server 2012 will be released in 3 main editions:
Enterprise for mission critical applications and large scale data warehousing
Business Intelligence, a new product edition, providing premium corporate and self-service BI
Standard for basic database, reporting and analytics capabilities
The main editions are now offered in a consistent, tiered model which creates greater consistency across editions, features and licensing.
Enterprise Edition will include all features available in SQL Server 2012.
The Business Intelligence Edition will include premium BI features as well as all of the Standard Edition features.
Note: SQL Server 2012 will continue to be available in Developer, Express and Compact editions.
Web Edition will be offered in a Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) model only.
Datacenter Edition is being retired with all capabilities now available in Enterprise.
Workgroup and Small business Editions are also being retired.
SQL Server 2012 Licensing Options
SQL Server 2012 will continue to offer two licensing options - one based on computing power, and one based on users or devices.
In the computing power-based license model, however, the way we measure power will shift from processors to cores.
Core-based licensing provides a more precise measure of computing power and a more consistent licensing metric regardless of where the solution is deployed across on-premises, virtual and cloud scenarios.
Enterprise Edition (EE) will be licensed based on compute capacity measured in cores
Business Intelligence (BI) Edition will be available in the Server + CAL model, based on users or devices
Standard Edition (SE) offers both licensing models to address basic database workloads
SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition Server - Pravo downgrade na verze a edice:
SQL Server Standard Server
SQL Server Workgroup
SQL Server for Small Business
2012 or earlier
2008 R2 or earlier
2008 R2 or earlier