Yesterday, Microsoft announced System Center 2012.
I am pleased to see that licensing has been greatly simplified in System Center 2012 without compromising on value and by increasing scalability – more power to the customer!
System Center 2012 maximizes your private cloud value while simplifying purchasing. This is achieved by:
- Private Cloud Value – Maximizing cloud capacity with unlimited virtualization
- Simple Licensing – Delivering a consistent, easy-to-manage model
- Consistent Capabilities – Every license includes all private cloud features.
The licensing changes at a glance:
- No more console licenses. Console licenses (with SQL Runtime) are included with the System Center Standard or Datacenter licenses.
- No more standalone server management licenses.
- Both the Standard and the Datacenter licenses include server management licenses for all 8 System Center components. The 8 components are:
- Operations Manager
- Configuration Manager
- Data Protection Manager
- Service Manager
- Virtual Machine Manager
- Orchestrator (formerly Opalis)
- Endpoint Protection (formerly Forefront Endpoint Protection)
- App Controller (new product)
- Both Standard & Datacenter Edition are on a processor-based model. Each single System Center license (Standard or Datacenter) covers 2 processors on the host machine.
- Standard Edition allows a maximum of 2 Operating System Environments (OSEs)
- Datacenter Edition allows unlimited OSEs.
- A single license cannot be ‘split’ between multiple hosts. (Example: A single Standard Edition license which supports 2 processors cannot be ‘split’ between two 1-processor servers)
- Software Assurance is included with all licenses.
- Client Management licenses are still required for client machines being managed by System Center (non-Server OSEs).
Here are some licensing examples based on the new scheme: