At my work, LECTRIC, I looked together with our Business Development guy, Bert, to the brand new licensing model of SiteCore. Especially to the option small bussiness, which is, in my eyes, more less then ideal…
Let me explain:
A basic restriction of 2000 items in Sitecore(do you count them on the master-database? Are it just content items? Are templates/masters included?) I hope we don’t have to look for possibilities to decrease the items we’ve created.
And the strangest part of this license: 1 CPU per server… Where can you get a server with just one CPU nowadays? Next to it, when I’m writing webapplications the CPU is most of the time the least interesting part. Because of this new licensing mode, I guess we have to create a new CPU based test-plan.
Bert and I also considert that offering a kind of shared hosting(several Sitecore installations on one server, somethimes the database extern on a database server) to our customers becomes very hard. For our smaller customers could that option be very interesting…
I guess this will be the best option for these customers will be from now:
– Database server(FireBird) with several SC5 (Client) installations and the Staging module configured
– Webserver(-s) with several websites, runtimes and Staging modules
As far as I can see now, the costs of these customers will be: 10.000 euro for licensing(SC Small Business, Staging Module, Runtime/Webfarm). So this means, the price of the shared hosting will be doubled.
After all, I guess, some of our customers get scared from the new licensing model. Which I think SiteCore waqsn’t mentioned to do.
When I look at the stuff above, I definitelly hope this new Licensing model is a BÃ¨ta and will be changed after the first experiences of the Partners…