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|SQL Server 2012 Brings Licensing and Edition Changes|
|Wednesday, 09 November 2011|
Initial details surrounding the packaging and licensing of SQL Server 2012 were released in Nov. 2011. Three existing editions of the product are being discontinued—Datacenter, Workgroup, and Standard for Small Business—with Datacenter to be subsumed by Enterprise edition and the other two by Standard edition. New business intelligence (BI) edition will be added. Positioned between Standard and Enterprise in the lineup, the BI edition will combine the DBMS features of Standard with many of the BI features (such as PowerPivot and Power View) of Enterprise. Another significant change is the elimination of the existing per-processor licensing model, with a per-core model taking its place.