SQL Server 2008 R2 has got a whole host of new features and now it’s got some new licensing too 🙂
The big move is that SQL’s licensing will follow the same path as Windows Server, both in editions and also virtual licence allowances:
- SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard = 1 VM per licence
- SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise = 4 VM’s per licence
- SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard = Unlimited VM’s per licence
Here’s a Microsoft diagram that shows many of the main differences between the now 3 editions:
If you currently have SQL Server 2008 Enterprise and Software Assurance there is “a complete transition/migration path” but I don’t have any details yet…they will be available nearer launch on May 6th 2010.
For more info on SQL Server 2008 R2, see my other post here:
Original post from MS here.