Kudos to Microsoft for Dual-Core Chip Plans
Opinion: The company's decision to keep per-processor licensing for upcoming multicore technology is a win for customers, but of more immediate licensing concern are grid, partitioning and utility computing.Its a clear win for customers that Microsoft has decided to maintain the status quo with its per-processor software licensing model after dual-core and multicore processor hardware becomes available in coming months. Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the company wont consider dual-core, four-core, eight-core or whatever-core as individual processors, but rather that such technology will be treated, from a licensing perspective, as one processor, no matter how many cores you carve into a chip. Thats relevant to SQL Server, as well as to BizTalk Server and other Windows Server System products. Licensing experts and at least one SQL Server customer were gloating at the news, given that its going to be much cheaper to run SQL Server on souped-up servers than it will be to run Oracle or IBM databases. Microsoft is releasing previews of SQL Server 2005 prior to the next beta, which is due out in the first quarter of next year. Read more here.
"I can pay additional money for a better processor, but that wont affect my SQL Server licensing fees," said Jamie Baxter, a senior technology consultant for Watson Wyatt, a human capital company, in San Diego. "Its a good thing."