Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Business Intelligence Edition in SQL 2012 - Prologika (Teo Lachev's Weblog) - Prologika Forums

Teo outlines some of the pros and cons of the new BI edition of SQL 2012.

About $10k per server vs. over $50k for Enterprise Edition is the biggest plus.  It will provide all the features for Analysis Services previously found only in Enterprise, and gives a fully functional PowerPivot, Analysis Services & Reporting Services server to the SME’s.

From what I understand, the key driver for Microsoft making this change would have been the requirement of installing 2 separate instances of SQL for using both PowerPivot and Analysis Services (multidimensional or tabular) data stores.  For those clients wishing to install 2 separate environments for those, the cost will end up being about $20k anyway, not including Sharepoint and DW SQL instances.

One limitation is the 2-socket configuration limit.  Another is the per-user licensing scheme, which could leave companies with 50-200 users in a grey zone.  Enterprise or BI?

The licensing model for private clouds seems a bit more appealing from an ROI perspective.  Invest in SQL Enterprise and deploy an unlimited # of VMs.  The disadvantage is the need to license the entire server farm for SQL Enterprise + Software Assurance.

Business Intelligence Edition in SQL 2012 - Prologika (Teo Lachev's Weblog) - Prologika Forums

Microsoft also seems to be shutting out AMD with the new licensing scheme, and targeting Intel’s Q2 release of their new 2-socket chipset.

Now that MS has moved to a core licensing model + user vs CPU socket, will this change the R&D direction of CPU manufacturers? Will they now focus their efforts more on GPU processing?  What if a PC only had 1 core & 1 socket, but multiple GPUs and something else besides a CPU to handle the more precise calculations? 

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