The company Microsoft has announced the availability of a localized version of the data management platform SQL Server 2008 to Russian customers from 1 January 2009. To ensure the best possible work with the data, SQL Server 2008 database was first integrated with localized tool for the development of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.
Localized database is available in several editions that allows each to select the appropriate version:Enterprise, Standard, Workgroup, Web, Developer, a free version of Express for students and everyone who wants to explore with the DBMS, and SQL Server Compact 3. 5.
They can buy licenses for the Russian version of SQL Server 2008 from 1 January 2008 to all volume licensing programs, including Microsoft Open License, Microsoft Open Value, Microsoft Open Value Subscription, Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Subscription. Thanks to the licensing program, customers have the right to install SQL Server on 32-bit, 64-bit or Itanium-platform, and go to any of the previous versions, including SQL Server 2005. Those who have a license for the English SQL Server 2008, can go to the Russian version. Customers with Software Assurance licenses can move to the new version free of charge - the product can be downloaded from the site of Volume Licensing Service Center, or order a trade facilitator.
The cost of licensing SQL Server 2008 to distributors as well as ground rules for licensing, as compared with the previous version had not changed.