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Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is a cloud-ready information platform backed by best-in-class availability and performance. It can help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization, quickly build solutions, and extend data across on-premises and public cloud.

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SQL Server 2012 Overview
Learn how SQL Server 2012 enables mission critical environments including availability and performance at low TCO.

SQL Server 2012 Innovations
Learn what's new with SQL Server 2012 — on premise or via the cloud.

How to Buy SQL Server 2012

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 may be purchased through:

  • a Server/Client Access License (CAL) Model with a server license and incremental CALs
  • a Per-Core License Model


SQL Licensing Models
Core License A license is required for each core that is accessed by an operating system environment running SQL Server software. This license model does not require any device or user client access licenses (CALs) as an unlimited number of users are allowed access to a SQL Server licensed per processor.
Server plus Device CALs A server license is required for each operating system environment running an instance of SQL Server software, as well as a CAL for each client device that accesses a server running SQL Server either directly or indirectly through another application, website, or any other middletier.
Server plus User CALs A server license is required for each operating system environment running an instance of SQL Server software, as well as a CAL for each user that accesses a server running SQL Server either directly or indirectly through another application, website, or any other middletier.
Virtualization Please contact your account manager or licensing specialist for assistance with any SQL Server licensing scenarios involving server virtualization.
SQL Server 2012 Editions and Licensing
Edition Description Licensing Options
Server + CAL Core-Based
Standard Departmental, limited scale    
Business Intelligence Enterprise BI projects, user-based licensing    
Enterprise High-end datacenter w/ BI Server capabilities    

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SQL Server 2012 Licensing Datasheet
Brief guide to the basics of how SQL Server is licensed and sold.

SQL Server 2012 Licensing Guide
Get answers to common questons regarding SQL Server 2012 editions and licensing program changes.

SQL Server Licensing Review
Make sure you have the most cost-effective SQL solution in place. Let our experts conduct a comprehensive SQL licensing review for you.

Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs

Volume Licensing

To learn more about Microsoft Volume Licensing, please contact your account manager or click here to submit a request for more information.

Open License

The Microsoft Open programs are a convenient and simple way for small and midsize organizations with five or more desktop computers to acquire the latest Microsoft technology.

With a customizable platform and volume discounts for minimal up-front purchases, Open programs provide value and flexibility in a convenient Microsoft Volume Licensing program.

Select License

Microsoft Select License is a Volume Licensing program for midsize and large organizations that have 250 or more desktop PCs. The program provides a flexible and cost-effective way to buy the latest Microsoft technology.

Select License is a transactional program for organizations with mixed software requirements. It is based on a forecast licensing model in which usage is measured against the forecast.

Enterprise Agreement

The Enterprise Agreement offers large organizations substantial cost savings over standard license pricing as well as simplified license and budget tracking through a single agreement.

With the Enterprise Agreement, you can easily standardize on the latest Microsoft technology across your enterprise.

Academic Volume Licensing

Academic Volume Licensing programs simple, flexible, volume-based pricing.

Many schools, libraries, museums, and home-school programs save money with Acaemic Volume Licensing. Once you've signed an agreement, get deployment tips, product activation information, and more.

Open License Program Guide
Open Value Program Guide
Select License Program Guide
Select Plus Program Guide
Ent. Agreement Data Sheet
Ent. Agreement Program Guide
Academic Licensing Options

Software Assurance

Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software. With Software Assurance, you can increase worker productivity, accelerate organizational performance, and quickly realize a return on your software investment. You can choose Software Assurance at the time of purchase and begin using your benefits immediately for the term of your license agreement. If you purchased through an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), you can add Software Assurance within 90 days.

Click here for information on Microsoft Software Assurance Interactive Benefits guide.

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