By Rob O'Shaughnessy, Director of Software Licensing
There’s some good news, and there’s some bad news. The good news is Windows 2012 R2 is being released…the bad news you have to pay for it.
Microsoft recently announced the release of Windows 2012 R2 which will be offering some new functionality described here Windows Server 2012 R2. However, along with the new release is some new pricing that will make you…well…read on.
Microsoft is releasing Windows 2012 R2 on November 1st and will be increasing the price of Windows Datacenter by 28%. This is not a typo. I’ll spell it out for you: Twenty-Eight Percent. For you Twitter people that’s #twentyeightpercentholycow.
Now, only Datacenter is going up in price. Windows Standard Server and Windows Cals will remain the same price. Also, Windows 2012 Cals will be compliant with Windows 2012 R2 so if you own Windows 2012 User or Device Cals you don’t need to purchase new Cals. So it’s just Datacenter right? Yes…well almost.
Also going up in price is Windows Remote Desktop Services Cals (RDS) which will be increasing by 20% on November 1st. Same deal here – if you own 2012 RDS Cals they will also be compliant with Windows 2012 R2. This means new Cals are NOT required for Windows 2012 R2 if you own Windows 2012 RDS Cals.
Q: Why is Microsoft doing this?
A: Because, they can.
OK, so here’s what you have to think about:
- If you want to have access to Windows 2012 R2 and typically purchase it with SA, be sure to purchase the license before November 1st to avoid the price hike.
- If you are looking at getting Windows 2012 and are not in position to purchase or don’t need SA, you can purchase the license before November 1st to avoid the price increase but you won’t have access to R2.
- If you want R2 and don’t need to purchase SA, be sure to wait until November 1st to purchase it. Otherwise, if you purchase the license without SA prior to November 1st, you will not have access to R2.
- Lastly if you need RDS Cals purchase them before November 1st
It’s coming up fast as the last day to purchase Windows 2012 Datacenter and RDS is Halloween night…scary huh?
These are important decisions for your company to make, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly firstname.lastname@example.org