Windows Server 2012 delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience. Shaped by feedback from customers and partners, the new Windows Server licensing approach will help make choosing the right Windows Server easier while delivering the following benefits.
It’s easier than ever to determine the right Windows Server edition for you. Choose from just four editions of Windows Server 2012, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing.
All editions of Windows Server 2012 deliver excellent economics and ROI for your business. For example, Datacenter edition with unlimited virtualization rights provides the benefits of cloud-level scale with predictable, lower costs. Standard edition now offers all of the same enterprise-class features as Datacenter and is differentiated only by virtualization rights.
Businesses today are rapidly adopting a hybrid approach across private and public cloud computing. Windows Server 2012 offers the right edition for you, no matter where you are on your path to the cloud; Datacenter edition for highly virtualized cloud environments, Standard edition for lightly virtualized environments progressing toward cloud, or Essentials edition for an ideal cloud-connected first server.
Edition & Pricing Overview
High Level Feature Comparison
Pricing Open NL (US$)
Highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments
Full Windows Server functionality with unlimited virtual instances
Processor + CAL*
Low density or non-virtualized environments
Full Windows Server functionality with two virtual instances
Processor + CAL*
Small business environments
Simpler interface, pre-configured connectivity to cloud based services; no virtualization rights
Server (25 User Account Limit)
Economical general purpose server
General purpose server functionality with no virtualization rights
Server (15 User Account Limit)
*CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details.
**Pricing represents Open No Level (NL) ERP. For your specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.
You can purchase Windows Server 2012 licenses through multiple channels, providing you with optimum flexibility and choice to acquire the software. Learn more about the channels below and determine the option that best meets your needs.
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Cloud Service Providers
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