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Microsoft today announced a new Workgroup edition of SQL Server (and also announced an OEM arrangement with Dell for it!).  A SQL 2K version is available immediately, and SQL 2005 will have Express, Developer, Workgroup, Standard and Enterprise editions.  Standard and Enterprise will continue to be the only non-developer versions that include Analysis Services, and their prices will increase a bit.  Meanwhile, the lower cost of Workgroup Edition (and the lack of cost for Express Edition) combined with the no-extra-license policy for passive failover servers and multi-core servers contribute to making SQL Server a pretty very cost-effective product compared to its competitors.  Tom Rizzo discusses the new product lineup here, and the press release is here.

Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2005 8:51 PM | Back to top

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