Microsoft has recently announced that pricing for all Microsoft Open License User CALs will increase by 15%. This comes as a shock to many IT professionals, because in the past, Microsoft has generally offered both User and Device CALs at roughly the same price.
With the release of Microsoft SQL Server 2012, the licensing model for this software has been changed considerably for the sake of simplicity, as well as accomodation of the various features and price-points of the various editions.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is a cloud ready information platform. With SQL Server 2012, Microsoft continues to offer a variety of licensing options aligned with how customers typically purchase specific workloads. The Server+CAL (client access license) licensing model provides the option to license users or devices and then have low cost access to incremental SQL Server deployments.