Cost to Upgrade to SQL Server 2008 R2

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How much will it cost to upgrade from SQL 2005 to the 2008 R2?
ASKED: May 10, 2010  8:15 PM
UPDATED: January 28, 2011  12:29 AM

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With SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft continues to be the value leader, offering rich functionality to support OLTP and BI workloads out of the box at a low cost of ownership relative to competitors. With increasing hardware innovations, Microsoft continues to be the only major database vendor who does not price per core for multi-core processors. In light of increasing hardware innovations, the per processor price of SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard edition is being increased by 25% and the per processor price of SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise edition is being increased by 15% from the current pricing. Actual price increases and effective dates may vary by program and/or region per applicable policies

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  • Denny Cherry
    Skipping the marketing BS that Microsoft posted... There's no upgrade pricing. It costs what is costs. If you have CALs for your users, then you'll need to get new CALs. If you are using CPU based licensing then you'll need to get new CPU licenses. Now if you have software assurance for the existing instance, then the upgrade is free.
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    [...] Cost to upgrade to SQL Server 2008 R2 asked by ITKE, answered by MicrosoftExpert and discussed by [...]
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  • SSNewbie
    And, thanks to Mrdenny for clearly pointing it out, is where small to medium businesses in a cash-crunch and realizing the end-of-primary-support looming in a few short weeks, are effectively skewered. Would that MS would realize they can accrue revenue via an UPGRADE path vs. "buy it again folks". Looks like we'll be on limited-support real soon... Ah well, at least MS CMS 2002 is still dishing up content reliably, so maybe we'll have it good-enough w/ SS2005.
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