System Center 2012 Gets Generous Licensing Changes

Posted by bink on January 17 2012, 11:27 PM.

The soon to be released System Center 2012 product suite will get a huge licensing overhaul.

Where the current System Center 2010 suite contains 110(!) licensing items, SC 2012 will only have 2, yep that’s right only 2 choices of SKU’s and that is for the whole suite of SC products!

That’s not all, these licenses also include SQL licenses if a SC 2012 component requires it.

That is still not all, besides Opalis and AVICode now being fully integrated in 2012 a new SC product is included in 2012: App Controller and…..

Forefront endpoint protection (anti-malware)!

 

So that is 8 System Center products included in 2 license forms:

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An OSE is Operating System Environment.

Each license is for a dual processor machine, that is 2 physical processors, not cores. So maybe use the term socket to avoid the proc/core confusion Smile.

Standard SKU 1,300 USD per 2 proc

Datacenter SKU 3,600 USD per 2 proc (socket), includes SQL runtime

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And there is still more, the licensing transition plan is also very generous!

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Also available in combination of the ECI licensing, with minimum of 25 initial purchase.

 

Now compare the new licensing with Vmware:

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Some examples which license is most economical

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More system center 2012 news later this week.