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Below is a good article writen by Joe Cromer: Direct link is posted below his article

It’s always a good thing when users see a reduction in license costs. It means that they have more money left over to invest in strategy and services. With that in mind, some of the changes associated with SharePoint 2013 caught our eye. The new pricing structure offers some pretty big advantages when using SharePoint 2013 for a public facing website or external facing portal.

In particular, two changes are substantive enough to deserve a deeper dive to understand what they really mean and how much they can save a company in a typical SharePoint farm scenario.

No more SharePoint for Internet Sites License (FIS): For someone estimating their SharePoint license costs for a new farm, this is a very big deal.

In SharePoint 2010 companies were required to purchase an Internet-facing license if your solution would be accessible by an anonymous user (for a website) or by large numbers of external but authenticated users (for a portal). According to the published open pricing for standard SharePoint, this typically increased license cost by as much as $7000 per SharePoint server. If you wanted enterprise features, you would expect to pay an extra $39,000 per SharePoint Server with external access. So if you were looking to launch a portal leveraging SharePoint Dashboards, you may have been required to spend $80,000 just to license the servers. That doesn’t even include licensing your internal employees accessing the new Portal at $82 per user. Obviously, SharePoint was priced out of the market for many companies.

Now the good news: To license this same portal with SharePoint 2013, you just need to purchase SharePoint 2013 at a list price of $6662 and then add your plus your internal user CALs  at $94 a pop.

So in a scenario where you were licensing a SharePoint 2013 farm with two SharePoint servers, a database server, and 100 internal users, you would be estimating your SharePoint licensing in the ballpark of $22,724 vs. $89,328 for SharePoint 2010. In this scenario, licensing with SharePoint 2013 vs. SharePoint 2010 would save a company $66,604.

How do they define an external user?For this licensing change, this is the big question. It is probably easier to define what they consider an internal user and you can extrapolate an external user as anything outside of that definition. Internal users are a company’s employees or its affiliates and any onsite contractors or onsite agents. All other users are considered external users and do not need licensing.

Enterprise and Standard are now combined into one license: Besides making licensing simpler, this move adds some serious horsepower to your SharePoint Portal. There are three big gains with the new enterprise functionality:

  • FAST Search capabilities: This is now part of a standard SharePoint installation. So not only is it now free, it’s a lot easier to deploy and configure. Besides greatly increasing the search center capabilities, site designers can efficiently use dynamic page templates to build very large and more personalized websites and portals.
  • Hosting multiple domains on one farm: In the previous version, licensing multiple websites on one farm was a big investment and scared away a lot of potential users (see above), now this capability is included with every SharePoint deployment.
  • Business Intelligence/Dashboard Features: This gives you the ability to add PerformancePoint, Excel Services, Visio Service and now Power View to your portal. We are expecting to see powerful BI dashboards to be much more common as more companies start to experiment with these capabilities.