announced final features and pricing for
forthcoming SQL Server 2005 database, including a new edition of
priced between the developer and standard versions.
The software giant also deepened its partnership with Dell, inking a
original equipment manufacturers (OEM) agreement with the systems
provide customers better support.
Tom Rizzo, director of product management for SQL Server, said the news
the start of a busy few months for Microsoft as it speeds towards a
release of SQL Server 2005.
Microsoft is announcing pricing and features in advance to help
who buy software assurance licenses renew their contracts, Rizzo said.
of customers are renewing in the next couple of months, so the Redmond,
Wash., concern wants to let users know what’s on the menu for the
The company has added a Workgroup edition for SQL Server 2000 and in
pending SQL Server 2005 line to sit between Microsoft’s developer and
“Small and medium businesses really want a low-cost, entry-level
that was between an MSDE [Microsoft Desktop Engine] and Standard
SQL Server 2000 Workgroup Edition will support 2 CPUs and 2 gigabytes
random access memory (RAM)
$3,899 per processor or $739 per server, the software will feature all
the management tools associated with SQL Server.
SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition will be available with the rest of
Server 2005 suites this summer for the same price as the 2000 version.
However, this product will have 3 GB of RAM, along with import/export,
limited replication publishing and back-up log-shipping, which Rizzo
helps customers get a “warm standby server for disaster recovery.”
The free Express Edition, which replaces the Microsoft Desktop Engine,
ideal for partners looking to poke around SQL Server 2005. It will have
CPU and 1 GB RAM for a database of 4 GB. The Standard Edition will
CPUs, unlimited RAM, database mirroring and reporting server for $5,999
processor, or $2,799 per server.
Built for heavy lifting applications, SQL Server 2005
Edition will boast unlimited scale and partitioning, advanced database
mirroring, database snapshot and a report builder tool integrated from
year’s acquisition of Active Views, Rizzo said.
Microsoft is confident it will be able to offer
performance comparable to database software from rival products Oracle
and IBM DB2 at a lower cost, he added. For example, he said Microsoft won’t
multi-core architectures, which means customers pay per processor
instead of per chip.
processor. Microsoft anticipates multi-core architectures will become
mainstream, effectively doubling the per-processor pricing of database
products from Oracle and IBM.
Moreover, Rizzo said Oracle and IBM force customers to buy costly add-ons
management, high availability and business intelligence.
In related Microsoft database news, Dell, already the top reseller of
Server 2000, will resell SQL Server 2000 Workgroup Edition, SQL Server
Workgroup Edition and SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition along with its
Dell will also offer front-line customer support for Microsoft software
will embark on a sales and marketing initiative.