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Understanding the Power of Microsoft SQL Server: A Licensing Guide

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Choosing the right SQL Server licensing can feel overwhelming. But worry not! 365 Cloud Store, a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner, is here to simplify your journey. In this Microsoft SQL Server Licensing Guide, you will discover the Microsoft SQL Server options available, helping you optimize your budget and unlock the full potential of Microsoft SQL Server for your business.

The Power of Microsoft SQL Server:

  • Unmatched performance and security for your critical data.
  • Seamless scalability to adapt to changing needs.
  • Advanced features for data analysis and insights.

Microsoft SQL Server Licensing Guide, Understanding Your Options:


Microsoft SQL Licensing Models:

  • Core-Based Licensing: Ideal for precise cost control. Licensed based on server cores, not users or devices. Best for large deployments, internet workloads, and cost-efficiency.
  • Server+CAL Licensing: Suitable for smaller deployments with known users/devices. Requires server licenses and CALs (per user or device) to access SQL Server. Best for small and medium businesses with controlled user environments.
  • Perpetual licensing Leverage the ownership of SQL Server in your on-premises environment. Get an upfront costs and no repeated payments.
  • SQL Subscription Licensing:

      • Pay-as-you-go model for cloud-based deployments.
      • Enjoy SA benefits like access to the latest versions and failover rights.
      • Greater flexibility for scaling your database needs.

Microsoft SQL Software Assurance (SA):

Offering a suite of benefits aimed at optimizing deployment, resilience, and cost-effectiveness. These include flexible licensing options by virtual operating system environment, fail-over capabilities for disaster recovery both on-premises and in Azure. 

  • Boost productivity with 24/7 support, training, and access to the latest versions.
  • Simplify upgrades without needing additional licenses for each new version.
  • Optimize virtualization with flexible licensing benefits.

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For SQL Server Enterprise Edition licenses with Software Assurance

Existing SQL Server Enterprise Edition server licenses continue to have tremendous value and with the availability of ongoing SA coverage, customers licensed under the Server+CAL model can retain access to the latest product enhancements and advanced capabilities of Enterprise Edition. As such, there are no programmatic conversions to core licenses. However, no new SQL Server Enterprises edition server licenses can be purchased.

Additional considerations when licensing SQL Server Enterprise under the Server+CAL model:

  • SQL Server Enterprise Edition software licensed under the Server+CAL model is intended and physically limited to only run on servers with a total of twenty cores or less.
  • There are two versions of SQL Server Enterprise Edition software: a server-based version and a core-based version. Customers must run the software version for which they are licensed.
  • For customers running SQL Server Enterprise Edition server-based software instances in a physical environment, OSE is only permitted to access a maximum of twenty physical cores. A per instance technical limit is also enforced.
  • For customers running SQL Server Enterprise Edition server licenses in virtual environments, each set of VMs associated with a single server license (up to four per server license) can only access up to twenty hardware threads of combined power at any time.

Microsoft SQL Server End of Suppot Timeline and Upgrade Options

SQL End of Support Timeline and Upgrade options

Each version of SQL Server is backed by a minimum of 10 years support, which includes five years in mainstream support, and five years in extended support.

Once your SQL Server has reached the end of support stage, you can choose to:

  • Migrate your workload to Azure SQL
  • Migrate your workload to an Azure Virtual Machine as-is for free Extended Security Updates
  • Upgrade to a current version of SQL Server
  • Purchase an Extended Security Updates subscription

Contact us for more information, guidance, and tools to plan and automate your upgrade.

How to choose the right Microsoft SQL Server Licensing:

Choosing the right Microsoft licenses can be complex, but it doesn’t have to be. At 365 Cloud Store, we’re your one-stop shop for navigating the world of Microsoft licensing, all while guaranteeing you significant savings compared to Microsoft’s published pricing. Here’s how we empower your business:

  • Guaranteed Savings: We leverage our expertise to secure you the best possible pricing on Microsoft licenses, maximizing your budget.
  • Expert Guidance: Our Microsoft licensing specialists work closely with you to understand your specific needs and recommend the most cost-effective licensing model for your team.
  • Flexible Billing: We offer a variety of subscription options, terms, and payment schedules to perfectly align with your business’s cash flow.
  • 24/7 Critical Admin Support: Never worry about critical admin issues again. Our dedicated support team is available 24/7 with a guaranteed 30-minute response SLA to keep your operations running smoothly.

Don’t navigate SQL Server licensing alone! Our experts can help you unlock the full potential of SQL Server for your business needs.

Remember: 365 Cloud Store is your trusted partner for all things Microsoft licensing. We go beyond just cost savings. We provide expert guidance, ongoing support, and ensure smooth operations to maximize your return on investment.

Contact us today and let’s simplify your Microsoft licensing journey!

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