Pricing, Packaging, and Licensing for Windows Server 2008

All will be available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions, with the exception of Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems, which will only be available as a 64-bit version. Other changes include the availability of Windows Web Server 2008, a 64-bit edition of Web server. The Hyper-V feature will only be available with 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008. Pricing for all Windows Server 2008 products will be increasing by approximately 1 percent for all distribution channels. Estimated MSRP* are listed by each version below:

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard: $999 (with five Client Access Licenses, or CALs)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: $3,999 (with 25 CALs)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: $2,999 (per processor)
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems: $2,999 (per processor)
  • Windows Web Server 2008: $469
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V: $971 (with five CALs)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V: $3,971 (with 25 CALs)
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: $2,971 (per processor)
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neufuse said,

And that also doesn't take away from the fact this isn't for the home user... companies spend that kinda money by the minute


Continuing to talk down to me as though I don't understand the concept of business software or pricing does not negate the fact this is pricy. It is my opinion.

Extortionate pricing in my opinion. Just because they can make it this exspensive doesn't mean they should. Linux is much more affordable and offers the same functionality, I fail to see why any company would pay these prices for functionality they can obtain from elsewhere.

Furthermore the only companies that would use this software would be those who are already locked in to the Microsoft server monopoly either by having employees already trained to use the Microsoft software or already spent many man hours configuring and designing systems around the OS.

Microsoft know this (MCSE etc just another way for them to lock people in to their products). I'm not impressed by this pricing or how many SKUs they are releasing.

They should have only one version. Allow customers to grow their capability without handing over more cash for that luxury.

Oops!

It is well documented in studies and case studies that Windows Server has a lower TCO (or Total Cost of Ownership) than Linux. Perhaps you need to "Get The Facts".

Secondly, there is no server "monopoly". Perhaps you have heard of servers running Linux or OS X Server?

Microsoft has multiple versions so organizations have greater choice and flexibility in implementing their server software. Choice is not a bad thing. But critics of Microsoft will complain about anything and everything they can I suppose.

daPhoenix said,
Who the heck (apart from the inept MCSE kids that infest the world) would pay those prices for it? :wacko:

Well i'm one of those kids, yeah i'm MCSE, CCNP and HTI..

Oh my... I also work with linux servers, so i must be a traitor in Microsoft cause...

Jesus I hate fanboys, who don't know how to see the good points in every OS, and what's bad in every OS..

daPhoenix, to be a good technician you first have to learn that every company, department, etc., Have there special needs, and that may be, Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.. You must use what's best for every client, and every client has there own special needs..

If you worked in IT you would know that pretty much most companies will end up with a Windows 2008 Server on their network at some stage. Doesn't matter how much you argue, daMicrosoft still dominate business PCs/Servers.

Aparently MCSE was too challenging for daPhoenix to earn.

If anyone here knows a child who has earned it please introduce them to us and to Microsoft. They would be a huge asset to any organization.

X'tyfe said,
this is why people pirate software, and yet they still scratch there heads wondering why
The people that need this software and I mean need it not to run games... pay this kinda price daily... its nothing trust me... we at work will dish out $25,000 for a server... $3,000 for an enterprise OS is nothing

neufuse said,
The people that need this software and I mean need it not to run games... pay this kinda price daily... its nothing trust me... we at work will dish out $25,000 for a server... $3,000 for an enterprise OS is nothing

games? where did i say anything about games

my point was that as long as MS and many other companies set these high prices
people will continue to pirate. these same companies are actively trying to find out and stop pirates
and yet the answer it right in front of them

not to say that big businesses that use this will pirate
im just saying that this is alot of money even for a business to spend on software

dont say that i dont know what im talking about because i have worked in such a place

X'tyfe said,
not to say that big businesses that use this will pirate
im just saying that this is alot of money even for a business to spend on software

dont say that i dont know what im talking about because i have worked in such a place

Worked doing what? Mopping the bathrooms? This is pocket change for most large corporations.

Idiots with the "Who'd pay for that?" mentality: this is not a consumer product! This is for businesses who need quality, stable, and secure operating systems. This is not for the prepubescent children at home.

Jazket said,
And your point is?

It's a comparison... but I'd never use OSX Server for a domain after seeing a lot of the problems... maybe for a file server but thats about it

Most of the time you will get this included in a new server, the price is typically less then buying the product at retail. Companies pay this kind of money for compliance.

Sure you could go ahead and pirate your software but I'm not sure a corporation would want that type of bad press from anywhere.

Pay the premium and keep the microsoft lawyers out of your office.

Steven said,
Most of the time you will get this included in a new server, the price is typically less then buying the product at retail. Companies pay this kind of money for compliance.

Pay the premium and keep the microsoft lawyers out of your office.

Or... you could not use Microsoft server software at all. How about Linux + VMWare?

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