Microsoft TIP OF THE DAY.Windows Server 2012 Edition overview


Windows Server 2012 Edition overview

The Windows Server 2012 product line-up has been streamlined and simplified, making it easier for customers to choose the edition that is right for their needs.

  • Datacenter edition for highly-virtualized private cloud environments.
  • Standard edition for non-virtualized or lightly virtualized environments.
  • Essentials edition for small businesses with up to 25 users running on servers with up to two processors.
  • Foundation edition for small businesses with up to 15 users running on single processor servers
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. See the Product Use Rights ( http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/product-licensing.aspx ) for details.

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