I know a few of you guys work in an enterprise setting; so what are your thoughts on the changes to SQL licensing? Other than 'ouch'
For the operation I work it we've already moved to datacenter per socket for windows licencing as the re-write inrelation to virtualisation would have killed us.
On the SQL side previously we had a select agreement and got as many cals as we could stuff in our pockets, so hardware was not an issues I could buy 4 socket 10core boxes and just pay a few hundred for a sql standard licence and claim 6000 cals for free. With the changes I looked at switching to two two node sql clusters and ditching all the other boxes, how ever to get enterprise per socket licenses for 4 4 socket boxes each with 8 or 10 (12 if we went amd) cores per socket would cost me nigh on a million pounds...
At a time when we're not buying physical kit and running a ratio of 40 VMs per 1 physical host, I'm now looking at buying single socket four core Xeon E5 boxes to run SQL workloads purely on licencing.
This is a very pro intel move as the majority of SQL workload is faster on intel chips core for core ghz for ghz. The only exception being large scale data mining or data warehousing where the 12core amds hurt the 6/8 core with HT xeons.
Before people say go to oracle or mysql etc, I've got over 400 different applications on the books a good number written by one man bands in a field so specific that it is the only bit of software that does this.
EDIT: Oh and I can switch to Azure or any other cloud provider for data protection and regulatory reasons.