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Speech Server (2007) Pricing Revealed

Many have been asking for it and here it is. As you know Speech Server (2007) is now a part of Office Communications Server 2007. If you are using other features of OCS, you get even more for your money.

Note: This is strictly speaking using Speech Server as there are other considerations for which version to use when you start looking at OCS specific features.

Base Server:
Standard Server   $699.00 
Enterprise Server   $3,999    

External Connector:
Standard EC   $2,000
Enterprise EC (requires Standard EC)  $2,000  

Client Access License:
Standard CAL   $31  
Enterprise CAL (requires Standard CAL)   $139  

Ok this pricing model is very different than your other IVR platforms, you'll notice you aren't being charged per port, but per server. So what's an External Connector and Client Access License. It depends on if you are going to be using it internally or externally. See the chart below:

Larger Size Version:http://gotspeech.net/photos/blogs/images/3627/original.aspx


So now you may want to compare pricing against a different IVR platforms, which typically charges per port. Well first you need to figure out how many servers you need and how many ports you are using. To do that you need to download the Speech Server Capacity Planning Guide. http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/4/4/a441d741-ff76-40b2-8f7c-c1b799fd94f0/Capacity%20planning%20for%20OCS%20Speech%20Server%202007%20Deployments.docx

Let's give an example here.

If you are running an external application that doesn't use any authenication. Your planning guide tells you that you can get 96 ports out of the hardware you have and you only need one server.

Assuming you aren't going to use any datawarehousing features (Included in Enterprise Edition) you could get away with the following:

Standard Server:   $699.00 

Grand Total: $699.00
Per Port cost:  $7.28 per port

Depending on the type of applications you are running and hardware you have, you could get more or less than 96 ports. It is realistic that a very simple application  (DTMF only, yet with the Nuance RealSpeak TTS) could get 200 ports. Which comes to roughly $3.50 per port.

This is insanely cheap compared what is available in the market, even better you get all of the TTS Voices and Speech Recognition Languages included. Again something that the industry currently nickel and dimes you on.

When Microsoft introduced Speech Server 2004 it did say, that it wanted to take speech technology to the mainstream. With this release speech technology is no longer a luxury only affordable for large enterprises. At this price I might just buy one for my home!

Trial Information

Try it out for your self! You can download a free trial of Speech Server (2007):

To get all of the benefits, download the Visual Studio 2005 Trial as well.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2007 12:54 AM by MichaelDunn
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kellyb said:

this is kelly,

sorry to post here but this is a test for Marshall. hope the post goes through. thanks.

# August 20, 2007 11:17 AM

lyntonweb said:

what are the limitations of the trial download? There is no mention of an evaluation period on Microsoft's site...

# August 22, 2007 7:47 PM

MichaelDunn said:

There isn't a time limitation. Basically you can use it to build your application, but you couldn't use it in a production enviroment with out buying a license if you do the blue monster will become very angry!

# August 22, 2007 8:44 PM

gemustafa said:

I have a few questions.

1. Isn't a CAL equivalent to a port ?? Or does CAL have a different interpretation WRT OCS ? I understand CAL WRT to SQL Server, but I thought Speech Server wasn't priced per port ??

2. What is the difference between Enterprise and Standard Edition ??

3. What is the difference between Authencated and UnAuthenticated Access WRT to Speech Server ? Isn't a voice Call just a voice Call ??

4. What exactly is an External Connector? Does that mean if you are communicating with a VOIP Gateway from Audiocodes or Intel you are using an External Connector ?? Or ???

Thanks for any answers you can give.


# August 24, 2007 11:10 PM

MichaelDunn said:

1.) No, CAL don't equal port. CAL is only needed for internal users accessing Speech Server. You have can 96 ports and only 3 internal users who authenicate them selves. Meaning you'd need 3 CALs.

2.) Enterprise in terms of Speech Server has data warehousing features. OCS EE has more features.

3.) Authenication in terms of your application. One example would that you application requires users to log in via a user name and pin, that is authenication.

4.) External Connector is needed if you are having external users authenicate. See #3. Nothing to do with the actual configuration.

# August 27, 2007 1:14 AM

vivekgarg said:

Michael, thanks for info... i have a question. since speech server 2007 is part of OCS 2007, will above pricing be valid for OCS 2007.

# September 5, 2007 6:05 PM

MichaelDunn said:

As far as I know yes it is.

# October 11, 2007 4:48 AM

BlogTech said:

Liens du 18 Octobre : Microsoft Speech Server 2007

# October 28, 2007 2:36 PM

BlogTech said:

Liens du 28 Octobre : Microsoft Speech Server 2007

# October 29, 2007 3:53 AM

dlegault said:

Authentication meaning anything you develop using MSS?  So if I prompt them for an ID and pin and then us that to validate against a inhouse custom DB?  

So if I have a SIP trunk going to my MSS box, for which I have X number users that go through my custom login do I need cals?

If so, I could get standard edition, plus standard EC, plus x standard CALs and I would be good?  I assume I would have to limit # of concurrent calls to x as well?

# December 19, 2007 7:00 PM

Unified Communications Developer News said:

    To start developing on Speech Server (2007), use the Speech Server (2007) Developer Edition

# May 19, 2008 4:29 AM

Speech Served Here said:

A little Speech Server Resources Overview... Sent to you by Brandon Tyler via Google Reader: Speech Server

# May 19, 2008 8:22 AM

Rob's Rhapsody said:

If you want to start developing on Speech Server 2007, you should probably start off using the Speech

# October 8, 2008 10:30 AM
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