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From my understanding and research, you still need 2 SPLA licences if you are planning to licence per processor.  This is because it gives you unlimited client connectivity (i.e. you're not paying for a CAL as well).

Alternatively, if you licence per user, you don't need a per processor licence.  See this extract from the Microsoft Partner Program guide to Service Provider Licence Agreement.

The following are the licensing models:
Per Subscriber: A Subscriber Access License (SAL) is required for each unique individual user or device that is authorized to access or otherwise use the licensed products. When using the SAL option, a separate Server License is not needed. Examples of products licensed with a SAL are the Windows Server operating system, Microsoft SQL Server database software, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Dynamics® business software (CRM).
Per Processor: Each Processor License allows an unlimited number of users to access the product that is installed on that processor for products licensed through a per-processor model. Examples of products licensed through a per-processor model are Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Dynamics ERP.
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And here's the definitive from another Microsoft document:

(excuse the formatting)

Windows Server 2012 Standard
The license terms that apply to your use of this product are the Universal License Terms, the General License Terms for this Licensing Model and the product-specific license terms below.
License Mobility Within Server Farms: No      See Applicable Notice: Potentially Unwanted Software, MPEG-4, VC-1 (see Appendix 2)

Client/Additional Software: Yes (see Appendix 1)

Additional Terms:
NUMBER OF LICENSES REQUIRED
The total number of software licenses required for a server equals the sum of the software licenses required under i) and ii) below.
i) You need one software license for each physical processor on a server, which permits you to run on that server, at any one time:
•      one instance of the server software in one physical operating system environment (or OSE) , and
•      one instance of the server software in a virtual operating system environment (or OSE).
If you run an instance in the virtual operating system environment (or OSE), the instance of the server software running in the physical operating system environment (or OSE) may be used only to:
•      run hardware virtualization software, or
•      provide hardware virtualization services, or
•      run software to manage and service operating system environments (or OSEs) on the licensed server.
ii) You need an additional software license for each physical processor on the server to run an additional instance of the server software in virtual operating system environments (or OSEs).
iii) You may run on the licensed server an instance of Web, Standard, Enterprise (the same or any earlier version) or earlier versions of Datacenter in place of Standard in any operating system environment (or OSE).
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