Sign in SQL Server SQL Server delivers mission-critical performance across all workloads with in-memory technologies built in, faster insights from any data with familiar tools like Excel, and a platform for hybrid cloud that enables organizations to easily build, deploy, and manage solutions that span on-premises and cloud. Licensing editions Compare features in all editions to determine the ideal solution for your virtualization and cloud computing needs. SQL Server delivers licensing that enables you to more easily take advantage of the benefits of public and private cloud through virtualization and license mobility.
Our new model provides simplified licensing, flexibility and innovation, and industry-leading total cost of ownership TCO. Simplified licensing SQL Server offers two licensing models: SQL Server offers compelling product features and capabilities within three main editions, with no costly add-ons required to run your mission critical and business intelligence applications.
FAQ Find answers to questions about features, licensing models, and determining which edition is right for you. What is new in SQL Server ? SQL Server will provide mission-critical performance, with in-memory built in across all workloads with greater scale and availability, all backed by enterprise-grade mission-critical support.
It offers a complete business intelligence solution that delivers faster insights from any data, big and small, using familiar tools like Excel in Office and Office , with access to business insights on mobile devices.
Plus, SQL Server will enable new hybrid cloud solutions, with an easy onramp and a complete and consistent data platform from on-premises to cloud. What product editions will be offered with SQL Server ? There will be three main editions: Enterprise, Business Intelligence, and Standard.
Enterprise for mission critical applications and data warehousing Business Intelligence for premium corporate and self-service business intelligence capabilities Standard for core database capabilities, reporting, and analytics What other editions will be available with SQL Server ?
Enterprise, Business Intelligence, and Standard will be the main editions. Developer and Express editions will also continue to be distributed without changes in licensing or pricing. What are the key licensing changes with SQL Server ? There are two licensing updates for SQL Server that are applicable to high-availability and business intelligence scenarios. For new SQL Server licenses, a passive secondary instance is permitted only on a license covered by Software Assurance.
The CAL requirement is waived for those data sources. When will these changes take effect? Other licensing changes will take effect when SQL Server is generally available.
If you have licenses for prior versions with active Software Assurance, refer to the Product List for additional information. What virtualization or cloud-related licensing benefits are available with SQL Server ? SQL Server will provide a variety of virtualization and cloud benefits that will help you save money on database licensing and retain flexibility in your database deployments. With SQL Server , you can: License individual virtual machines VM , and when licensing per core, buy core licenses only for the virtual cores assigned to the VM.
License for high VM density by buying Enterprise Edition core licenses and Software Assurance for all the physical cores on the server or server farm and deploying an unlimited number of VMs on the licensed hardware. License for VM mobility across private and public clouds. VM license mobility is a Software Assurance benefit. Without Software Assurance, licenses can be moved from one server to another only once every 90 days.
How can I buy core-based licensing for the Business Intelligence Edition? Enterprise Edition includes the full capabilities of SQL Server , so if you want to license a Business Intelligence Server on a per core basis, you can do so by buying Enterprise Edition. Enterprise Edition will be the preferred way to license advanced SQL Server Business Intelligence capabilities when users are uncountable for example, external-facing workloads or when the number of users is very high. I have Software Assurance.
How do I migrate from processor licenses to core licenses? What is the migration path? At that time, processor licenses will be exchanged for core-based licenses sufficient to cover the cores in use by processor-licensed databases minimum of four core licenses per processor for Standard and Enterprise editions, and minimum of eight Enterprise Edition core licenses per processor for Datacenter.
Please refer to the Product List for further migration path details. How will I and Microsoft determine the number of cores that I am owed?
This tool can help you plan the transition from processor-based licenses to core-based licenses by counting both processors and cores across your deployments. If you are not able to document your SQL Server deployments, we will exchange processors based on a standard conversion ratio.
We encourage you to work with your Microsoft or Partner representative to determine an optimal transition plan.
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