SQL Server+CAL vs. Sql Server Licensing . . .
Posted on 2013-01-22
I need to build a SQL server 2008.
They only sell SQL 2012 with downgrade rights.
There are two models (Server and Server+CAL).
For the Server licensing model, in order to make it vMotion-able (movable) to another host in our virtualized environment, you need to buy 4 cores per server, with software assurance. We were quoted $8,000.
Alternatively, if we go for Server+Cal, it would be $1019 for the server and $237 per cal (x 15 users) with software assurance, that would be $3,000 total,.
I was told that the number of processors (virtual or physical) are not relevant in the Server+CAL model.
Firstly, does all this sound right?
Secondly, do the CALs get installed on particular clients or can we simply buy 15 cals, and on Monday, these 15 users connect, and on Tuesday, a different 15 users connect? (In other words, do they support concurrent licensing, or do I have to buy a cal for each user who might eventually need to connect to the sql server)?
Also, if we decide to get a second sql server, and I connect to both, does my cal cover me for both sql servers or do I need 2 cals for me?
Thanks, this MS licensing stuff gets really confusing,