SQLAuthority News – SQL SERVER 2008 R2 Pricing

I was recently asked question about SQL Server 2008 pricing. I have bookmarked official site here which lists the pricing.

Official site: What’s New in SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions

EditionsPer Processor PricingRetail
Per Server Plus CAL PricingRetail
Parallel Data Warehouse$57,498Not offered via Server CAL
Datacenter $57,498Not offered via Server CAL
Enterprise$28,749$13,969 with 25 CALs
Standard $7,499$1,849 with 5 CALs

However, I have bookmarked following site of Brent Ozar SQL Server 2008 R2 Pricing and Feature Changes. I think Brent has answered one very interesting question there that SQL Server R2 is FREE for only who has purchased software assurance.

I really would like to know if your organization is upgrading to SQL Server 2008 R2. Please leave your comment here.

Reference : Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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  • Per physical processor or per processor core?

  • Sir,

    What is Software Assurance?



    • Hi Sonal,

      Software Assurance (SwA) is defined as “the level of confidence that software is free from vulnerabilities, either intentionally designed into the software or accidentally inserted at anytime during its lifecycle, and that the software functions in the intended manner.”
      You can look this up in software engineering books/resources on google.

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 has lot of good features coming down the pipe.

  • Ramdas ,

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    After using Bing I found following resource that explain Software Assurance.



  • Well, the real question is going to be the SQL transition paths for those that have Software Assurance. Under the current 2008 SQL licening for Enterprise, if you license the physical processors you get unlimited instances of the s/w. However, in the R2 Enterprise is limited to “up to 25” and DataCenter now holds the unlimited instances.

    So, inquiring minds *really* want to know for budget reasons –

    If a customer currently has SQL Server Enterprise w/ SA will they be transitioned to SQL Server 2008 R2 DataCenter or will they have to purchase the Step Up SKU?

    Any documentation you can find on this would be helpful as well.


  • HI Pinal,
    We are using sql server standard edition for replication purpose and we will connect more than 30 sql client express to the above server, So can you please guide how much CALs I need to buy ?


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