Sounds about right... Have a client asking for it once... When they heard about the cost per month they decided otherwise. LOL.
$900 per CPU or $900 per processor? From what I know it's per proc. So if you have 2 X Xeon 3440 or something like that, you're sooooooo extremely screwed. I really don't understand why MSFT price their DB stuff sooooo HIGH.
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You may want to check into SQL Server 2005, still seems to be a bit more popular than 2008. We have not upgraded our SQL servers to 2008, still actively deploying 2005 have seen some issues migrating to 2008.
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SAL licenses cannot be used for sql deployments that are deployed to support web/publically accessible data. If the sql deployment is being used to support an INTRAnet application, you can license via SALs, one for each user that will be accessing the application. This is my understanding of it.
Additionally, the processor licenses (as someone alluded to) is per socket, not per core. So a single, Quad core CPU were get licensed with simply a single processor license.