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|SQL Server 2012 Adopts Per-Core Licensing Model|
|Thursday, 29 March 2012|
Apart from limited-time exceptions for certain existing customers, the latest version of SQL Server no longer offers a per-processor licensing model for any edition. SQL Server 2012 (formerly code-named Denali), which officially became available in Apr. 2012, has a per-core licensing model, where each physical core within each processor must be licensed individually. Required with Enterprise edition and one of two supported licensing models for Standard edition, the move to per-core licensing will result in higher costs for some high-end servers going forward. Organizations that move quickly might be able to reduce some of the impact.
Sections in the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Licensing Report