I had a discussion the other day with someone who had some questions about Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2008. In many cases, I've seen someone not using the "right size" of SQL Server. Many installations really call for Enterprise Edition when they are using Standard. They'll use an edition that isn't suited for the requirements, and then have issues when the product doesn't do what is expected.
The rule of thumb I use is this - if you need these features:
Then you should be using Enterprise. I know, it costs a lot more, but check it out against the competition - it's way cheap in comparison to those. Don't let a financial decision, especially now, force you into something that doesn't meet the requirements your business lays out. For more info on what is included and what isn't in a particular SKU of SQL Server, check out this link: http://tinyurl.com/626gne
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