Feeds

MS gets you hooked on Server 2012 Datacenter, jacks up the price for R2

Redmond has 'broken its record' for increases

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Microsoft is cranking up the price of its Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2012 for the forthcoming R2 release – it's up a whopping 28 per cent on today's price tag.

The Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition, which offers unlimited virtualisation rights, will cost $6,155, according to the new licensing data sheet [PDF]. The Datacenter edition for today's Windows Server 2012 costs $4,809.

Customers using Windows Server 2012 with an active Software Assurance (SA) coverage will get a “transitional license” to use the R2 update, so should - theoretically - pay no more.

As ever, you’ll have to pay for Client Access Licenses on top of the price to allow users to access the server.

The price of the Standard edition for the next version of Microsoft’s Server product remains unchanged at $882. Standard edition provides just two virtual instances – which Microsoft has rebranded as "operating system environments", or OSEs – per licence. The price of the Essentials edition is also unchanged at $501.

News of the long-awaited licensing changes was flagged up by MVP Aidan Finn based in Dublin, Ireland, who first spotted the new, price-altered datasheets on Redmond's Windows Server 2012 R2 page. Microsoft hasn't spoken officially about the new pricing.

And no wonder. The Windows Server jump caps a record year for Microsoft according to veteran Redmond licensing expert Paul DeGroot. He claimed in a tweet yesterday that 2013 had seen "a record number of price increases" from Microsoft.

Microsoft in April hiked the bill for BizTalk Server customers by dumping the per-CPU charge for a per-core fee in Server 2013.

The price hike is a sucker-punch but no one can argue that they haven't been getting all that Hyper-V virtualisation for nothing from Microsoft all these years.

Microsoft pitches the Windows Server 2012 R2 as being built for “highly virtualized private cloud environments”. Clearly it wants to steer big businesses towards the Datacenter edition, by setting the cut-off limit of "OSEs" in the Standard edition at just two.

It’s the only real differentiating feature between the two, based on a comparison chart in the appendix of Microsoft’s licensing data sheet.

Windows Server 2012 R2 is expected by the end of this calendar year. ®

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd
There's an Atom-powered offering, too
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.