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So, I'm wading into the morass that is SQL Server 2012 licensing and a few questions have arisen.  We have historically bought perpetual licenses for SQL Server and we bought standard edition because we're small and Jenzabar EX doesn't require Enterprise.  However, we bought their FinishLine Retention Module which needs to run on Enterprise, so we're shopping for a license for that application.  As I understand it, we need:
4 Cores minimum
Software Assurance to run it in VMWare (with multiple instances)

It looks like buying this under Campus Agreement would be an option, and that if there are no hidden costs, that it would save us around $4K over a 3 year period for 4 cores.  Over a six year period, the savings appears to drop to around $2K because in the first scenario we bought a perpetual license, but that Software Assurance is a little cheaper than Campus Agreement for the maintenance.

Now to the questions:
Can anyone who has switched to Campus Agreement for SQL Server licensing confirm that the above scenario is correct?
Under campus agreement, is it true that I don't have some giant upfront cost for the SQL Server Enterprise license?
Under campus agreement, do I get the more liberal license terms that I get under Software Assurance?

I hope that's clear enough without going into great pricing detail, since I know that makes vendors nervous.
-ms
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Message from mknox@austin.utexas.edu

 

Michael,

 

For clarity, let me ask a question. We use Campus Agreement to site license SQL across of the University of Texas System institutions (so it is by FTE count); is this what you are looking at?

 

As I recall there is a variant where you use subscription pricing to get per core (or when I did, per server) pricing… so not sure which model but am guessing it is not the site licensing model we use…

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Margaret H. Knox                  mknox@utsystem.edu

 

Chief Information Officer (CIO)     (512)322-3774   

The University of Texas System

CTJ 2.218 78701

       

 

Marge and others,
We're definitely not looking for a site license.  The thrill of being a tiny .edu is that it can be about as complicated to buy one license as it is to cover an entire state system :-). Campus Agreement has a 2 Core license for Enterprise that's a little over $1,100 / year and my understanding is that I need two of those minimum.  I'm trying to confirm that 
1)  That 2 x $1,100 is all I need (ie. no up front license cost)
2)  I can add it in the middle of the contract year.
3)  It allows virtualization

I think this is correct, but there's enough complexity that I figure someone else who has already gone through it could give me confirmation.
-ms
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Michael Sherer                  voice:  574-535-7406
Director of Information Technology
016 Union Bldg.                 fax:    574-535-7017
Goshen College                  e-mail:  msherer@goshen.edu
Goshen, IN 46526                http://www.goshen.edu/~msherer
+------------------------------------------------------------+
                   "Technology for Service"
 
"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men."
                                    - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Message from mknox@austin.utexas.edu

Hope someone can help!

Sent from my iPad
Margaret (Marg) H. Knox
The University of Texas System

Message from mknox@austin.utexas.edu

Tim’s reply got bumped out, but see below!

 

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From: Timothy Lilly [mailto:tlilly@journeyed.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:24 PM
To: The EDUCAUSE Software Licensing Issues Constituent Group Listserv
Cc: Knox, Marg
Subject: RE: [LICENSING] SQL Server 2012 Enterprise licensing….

 

 

Hello Michael,

 

As a Microsoft LAR who specializes in consortia agreements, I manage about 150 Microsoft EES agreements each year.   SQL licensing is a common issue for me.  Here are the answers to your questions:

 

1.       Yes.  $1100 is the approximate cost for a two core license under Microsoft EES.  That cost includes the server license and unlimited client connectivity for two cores.  You must purchase at least four cores, however. (two licenses)

2.      Yes…and the license cost is prorated if your agreement is an EES agreement. (through the Independent Colleges of Indiana, for example)  If you do not participate in a consortia agreement and your FTE is under 1000, then you may have purchased Microsoft OVS-ES which does not allow for prorated purchases but does allow for mid-year purchases.

3.      Yes.  SQL Enterprise allows for an unlimited number of virtual instances.  You just need to make sure you purchase a license for every core.

 


Thanks,

 

 

Timothy W. Lilly | National Consortia Manager

Digital River Education Services, Inc.

timothy.lilly@journeyeducation.com | www.JourneyEd.com 

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From: The EDUCAUSE Software Licensing Issues Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:LICENSING@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Knox, Marg
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:45 PM
To: LICENSING@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [LICENSING] SQL Server 2012 Enterprise licensing….

 

Hope someone can help!

Sent from my iPad

Margaret (Marg) H. Knox

The University of Texas System


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