Microsoft said that its to decrease the pricing of its Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) offerings for Windows Server 2008 R2, starting next year. "On Jan. 1, SPLA pricing for all Windows Server 2008 R2 editions, except for one, will decrease by 21%. The reason for the price reduction is "to better align SPLA prices with subscription prices."
This doesn't affect the pricing in the other volume licensing programs. If you don't know what SPLA is, stop reading and pick up the pace. If SPLA is important to you, here's the info:
The one exception to this price decrease in 2011 will be the SPLA cost of the Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter edition, which'll increase 30% over the current year's price.
Microsoft also contends that the server core capacity in R2 Datacenter edition has doubled since the product's launch. Consequently, SPLA customers using that edition now get an increase in performance.