“The price of the Data Center edition of Windows Server 2012, meanwhile, is also going up â€“ as reported. The Server, which offers unlimited virtualisation, will jump 20 per cent to $6,155 for a pair of processors, according to the new licensing data sheet.”
So, for a decade or more, M$ had been pooh-poohing thin clients but now wants in on the action… Don’t pay the tax. Use FLOSS applications on those GNU/Linux servers. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux as a universal replacement for that other OS. There are tons of applications ready to go for just about everything. There are no CAL’s nor expensive server licences. It’s your hardware. You paid for it and you should be able to use it without throwing money at M$.