Mistakes unfortunately happen. We are definitely not immune. Hence, this post correcting some highly confusing and inaccurate information in the editions and SKUs section of the documentation in the Commerce Server 2006 Beta. For the record:
- Standard Edition supports 2 physical processors – regardless of whether these are traditional, hyperthreaded, or dual core. This is NOT a change from CS2002.
- Standard Edition supports 10 Commerce Server sites/server and 1 application per Commerce Server site. This is also NOT a change from CS2002.
- Standard Edition supports Web farms of 2 physical servers per Commerce Server site. This is also NOT a change from CS2002.
- Enterprise Edition has no limits on physical processors, size of Web farms, or the number of sites or applications per site. There are practical hardware CPU and memory limits though on how much you can realistically run on one box. We are testing 1,000 provisioned with 100 active simultaneously – which aligns well to what has been tested with IIS 6.0 and ASP.NET 2.0.
- Data Warehouse functionality is present in both Standard and Enterprise Editions and there is no difference in functionality.
- Staging functionality is only present in Enterprise Edition.
- All environments used for ANYTHING other than code development require a full production license. This includes staging environments. This is actually also NOT a change from CS2002.
Consider the information in the Beta documentation inaccurate and discard it. This will be fixed in the next documentation refresh.