According to the v17 docs here v17 is licensed on the basis of cores not chips as before. Can anyone explain how the transition for existing users on support contracts will work. Eg if they currently have a 2 chip license covering 2 x Xeon E5-2680 giving 24 cores.
Also is there any indication of pricing yet - www.sapstore.com is showing screenshots of v17 but is quoting prices per chip (USD 4050.00 for SA Workgroup) not per core.
While with the increasing prevalence of VMs (groan) I can see the logic in per-core pricing - I am concerned about the possible impact on multi-core servers of significant price structure changes.
asked 23 Jul '15, 22:25
Hi Justin - from a licensing transition perspective, 1 SQL Anywhere chip license will map to 4 core licenses. The SAP Store still has the previous chip licensing showing but we're working with them to add the new core licensing info. Pricing per core will be approximately 1/4 of the chip price (give or take rounding). Note that you only license the cores you're going to use for the server. So in your example, although you have 2 CPUs with 24 cores, if your SQL Anywhere server will only use X of those cores, you would buy X core licenses. Your existing license would map to 2 chips x 4 cores = 8 cores and then you would buy additional core licenses if you require more. The other thing to keep in mind is that per-seat pricing is still available and hasn't changed. If you have a smaller number of users, that may be another option to consider.