Simplifying Microsoft Hyper-V licensing and pricing

Much hype has been created over Microsoft Hyper-V in the past year. Here's a low-down on new Microsoft Hyper-V releases, licensing and Indian pricing.

Much has been written and said about Microsoft's server virtualization product Hyper-V since the last one year. The vendor has been verbalizing Hyper-V's features in the Indian market since it comes in-built with Microsoft Windows Server. The software is also available for free download.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

This can be deployed in scenarios of server consolidation, test & development, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and mixed OS virtualization. It can support up to four processors and offer memory support of 32 GB. It offers live migration with the new Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 does not require a client access license (CAL). According to Pallavi Kathuria, the director of server business group for Microsoft India, "When you seek licensing for Windows Server, you require the Windows CAL to justify the number of users using Windows Server environment." If the same set of users is using multiple applications on different virtual machines, there is no need to pay multiple times for the CAL license.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

This can be implemented in branch server consolidation, test & development, and mixed OS virtualization. It has a local graphical user interface, ability to add additional server roles, and includes guest virtualization rights in the host server license.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise and Datacenter edition:

This is for large enterprises with a host of requirements that could be implemented in dynamic data center scenarios. One of the features here is application failover, which is not available in other versions. Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter will allow running unlimited number of virtual instances of the server software.

The Windows Server 2008 R2 licensing model consists of a server operating system license and incremental CALs. CALs will be required for all Windows Server virtualized operating systems hosted on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

Licensing model globally for Windows Server is not very different from that in India. Kathuria says, "Fundamentally, our businesses are transacted through partners and that is the model we follow everywhere. While several models are available, some models gain faster acceptance in some countries." Thus, in India, enterprises use enterprise agreement; managed service providers prefer service provider license agreements (SPLA). Small and medium businesses opt for the open or pay-as-you-go model.

The pricing and licensing of Windows Server 2008 R2 is as below:


Server Operating System License

Price in Rupees (approx)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 48054
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 56460
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 186753
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition 140053
Client Access Licenses
Windows Server 2008, Client Access License 5-pack 9293
Windows Server 2008, Client Access License 20-pack 37313
Windows Server 2008 , RDS Client Access License 1-pack 6958
Windows Server 2008, RDS Client Access License 5-pack


Windows Server 2008, RDS Client Access License 20-pack 139119



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