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SQL Server 2017 Standard - License

SQL Server 2017 Standard - License

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How to License SQL Server Standard: Making Informed Choices for Your Deployment

When licensing Microsoft SQL Server Standard, you have two primary options to choose from, each catering to different deployment scenarios:

 SERVER + CAL (Client Access Licenses)

This option provides flexibility and cost-effectiveness, especially for environments with incremental SQL Server deployments.

  • Server License Requirement: Each server running SQL Server software needs a server license.

  • CAL Requirement: Each user and/or device accessing a licensed SQL Server requires a SQL Server CAL that matches the version or is newer. For instance, to access a SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition server, a user needs a SQL Server 2012 or 2017 CAL.

  • Access Across Multiple Servers: A single SQL Server CAL allows access to multiple licensed SQL Servers, including Standard Edition, Business Intelligence, and Enterprise Edition Servers.

PER CORE Licensing

This option offers a more precise measurement of computing power, making it suitable for scenarios where user/device counts are challenging, or systems integrate with external facing workloads.

  • Physical Server Licensing: To license a physical server running SQL Server in a physical OSE (Operating System Environment), all physical cores on the server must be licensed.

  • Minimum Core Licenses: A minimum of four core licenses is required for each physical processor on the server.

  • Virtual/Cloud Environments: Core-based licensing is consistent whether solutions are deployed on physical servers on-premises or in virtual/cloud environments.

Choosing Between Options:

The decision between SERVER + CAL and PER CORE licensing depends on factors such as user/device counts, internet/extranet workloads, and system integration with external-facing workloads.

SQL Server 2019 Features: Standard vs. Enterprise

This comparison table outlines the features available in SQL Server 2019 Standard and Enterprise editions, covering aspects like scale, performance, security, data integration, business intelligence, and more.

Why Choose Helpful Downloads:

Helpful Downloads offers expertise in SQL Server licensing, ensuring you make the right choice for your needs. As a digital download product, SQL Server 2017 is accessible immediately after purchase, providing you with the necessary database tools for secure data storage and advanced SQL queries. Automatic database tuning is a noteworthy feature enhancing query performance.

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