Windows Server 2012 Licensing and Editions

Microsoft is releasing more information on a daily basis on Win Server 2012 including confirming RTM is on the way in August.

Quick overview of the versions here:

Edition Ideal for… High Level Feature
Comparison
Licensing Model Pricing
Open NL (US$)
Datacenter Highly virtualized
private & hybrid
cloud environments
Full Windows
Server functionality
with unlimited
virtual instances
Processor + CAL* $4,809**
Standard Low density or non-
virtualized
environments
Full Windows
Server functionality
with two virtual
instances
Processor + CAL* $882**
Essentials Small business
environments
Simpler interface,
pre-configured
connectivity to
cloud based services; no
virtualization rights
Server (25 User
Account Limit)
$425**
Foundation Economical general
purpose server
General purpose
server functionality
with no
virtualization rights
Server (15 User
Account Limit)
OEM Only

*CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server directly or indirectly. See theProduct Use Rights for details.

 **Pricing represents Open No Level (NL) ERP. For your specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.

Source : http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/2012-editions.aspx?Search=true

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