Recently, TBNG Consulting has been informed that Microsoft has released their licensing terms for its new Windows Server 2012 OS, streamlining to four versions and ending the Home and Small Business Server options. Microsoft says, "Windows Server 2012 delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience. Shaped by feedback from customers and partners, the new Windows Server 2012 licensing terms will help make choosing the right Windows Server easier while delivering the following benefits."
The four versions of Server that Microsoft says will be available in its 2012 OS are: Datacenter, Standard Edition, Essentials, and Foundation, all with similar levels of functionality but with differing support levels for virtualization and cloud environments. Microsoft is also switching to a per-processor pricing model, with one license covering two processors and more options based on the number of virtual machines being run on the server.
Microsoft also suggests that less is more in server builds. The popular Small Business Server and Home Server editions are being folded into the Server 2012 Essentials (Foundation is available only through OEMs), and the current HPC edition is being replaced with the Enterprise and Standard builds and supported with a free HPC Pack 2012.
No final release dates have been given for any versions of the new operating system, but it is widely expected to launch concurrently with Windows 8 client edition before the end of 2012.
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