SharePoint 2010 Licensing Part V: SharePoint 2010 Licensing Costs

How much does SharePoint cost?  Everyone asks about costs and fees (imagine that!).  SharePoint license costs change frequently and change by vendor.  Each reseller that you talk to will have different prices – definitely shop around.  There are also different licensing tiers.  If your organization is an eligible charity, then you may get significantly discounted pricing.  There are pricing tiers for educational institutes and government agencies.  There are different Microsoft pricing tiers depending on how much software your organization purchases.  There is Microsoft Open License (with different levels), Microsoft Select, Microsoft Select Plus, and many more options.  As I have mentioned repeatedly in this mini-series, check with your software reseller.  I would shop around – many of these license costs are even negotiable.

If you work for a nonprofit, try and make use of TechSoup, located at  TechSoup offers nonprofits extremely discounted software, in addition to free information, resources, and support. 

This pricing list is dated as of today’s internet searches (July 3, 2010).  I was looking around on sites that have published costs.  I haven’t listed government, academic, or various costs with different structures.  This pricing list is not complete and should not even be considered ‘accurate’.   This pricing list is to give you an idea of the software costs for planning purposes only.  Work with your reseller (have I said that enough yet?).

SharePoint 2010 License Costs and Fees





SharePoint 2010 for Internet Sites, Enterprise $32,000 – $42,000 $9,500 – $11,000  
SharePoint 2010 for Internet Sites, Standard $9,000 – $12,000 $2,600 – $3,200  
SharePoint Server 2010 $3,500 – $5,000 $1,200 – $1,400 $269
SharePoint 2010 CAL, Standard $72 – $92 per CAL $27 – $30 per CAL $3
SharePoint 2010 CAL, Enterprise $63 – $75 per CAL $25 – $29 per CAL  
SharePoint Foundation 2010 FREE FREE FREE
FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010 $18,000 – $22,000 $5,000 – $6,000  


The previous posts in this mini-series include explanations of the different products involved with SharePoint 2010:

Hope this helps.

By John Stover

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  1. The SharePoint 2010 Enterprise CAL is cheaper than the Standard CAL. You need to keep in mind, however, that the SharePoint CALs are additive. You can’t just purchase the Enterprise CAL. You must purchase the Standard CAL and then ADD the Enterprise CAL.

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