SQL SERVER 2012 Editions – Highlights of The Cloud-Ready Information Platform

Microsoft has just announced SQL Server 2012 Editions information on official SQL Server 2012 site.

SQL Server 2012 will be available in three main editions:

  1. Enterprise
  2. Business Intelligence
  3. Standard

The other editions are Web, Developer and Express.

Here is the salient features of each of the edition:


  • Advanced high availability with AlwaysOn
  • High performance data warehousing with ColumnStore
  • Maximum virtualization (with Software Assurance)
  • Inclusive of Business Intelligence edition’s capabilities

Business Intelligence

  • Rapid data discovery with Power View
  • Corporate and scalable reporting and analytics
  • Data Quality Services and Master Data Services
  • Inclusive of the Standard edition’s capabilities


  • Standard continues to offer basic database, reporting and analytics capabilities

There is comparison chart of various other aspect of the above editions. Please refer here.

Additionally SQL Server 2012 licensing is also explained here.

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

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