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SQL Server Overview

Microsoft SQL Server is a robust database system for efficient data storage and processing. It supports seamless communication between applications and databases, offering flexible deployment on Windows, Linux, or Azure Virtual Machines. Key features include data management, machine learning, integration, analysis, and reporting services. It also supports replication and data quality services, with seamless integration with Azure for enhanced flexibility and scalability.

Microsoft SQL Server licensing models

Azure offers hundreds of products and services, and its pricing is consumption-based, so it can be complicated to pin down exact prices. However, Microsoft offers three main pricing models for its cloud resources:
Software Assurance

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.

Server + CAL Based Licensing

This requires a license for the operating system environment running SQL server software and additional licenses (CALs) for each user or device accessing the server. This model is often more economical for small businesses with a manageable number of employees or servers with fewer than four cores.

Core Based Licensing

Core-based licensing for SQL servers requires licensing all physical and virtual cores, with a minimum of four core licenses per physical processor. This licensing model is beneficial for large organizations with numerous users and devices.


*Note: Microsoft uses Co-ordinated Universal Time (UTC) to calculate the usage. Not sure what Microsoft SQL Server you may need?

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Microsoft SQL Server licensing models

SQL Server Enterprise Edition

SQL Server Enterprise Edition is ideal for applications requiring mission critical in-memory performance, security, and high availability

SQL Sever Standard Edition

SQL Server Standard Edition delivers fully featured database capabilities for mid-tier applications and data marts

*SQL Server 2022 is also available in free Developer and Express editions. Web Edition is offered in the Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) program only.​

Microsoft SQL Server Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by Microsoft. It’s designed to store and manage data for various applications and allows users to retrieve and manipulate data using Transact-SQL (T-SQL).
SQL Server can be installed on Windows or Linux operating systems, deployed in a Linux container, or hosted on Azure Virtual Machines. It offers flexibility in deployment to suit different infrastructure needs.
SQL Server comprises various components, including the Database Engine for data storage and processing, Machine Learning Services for integrating R and Python, Integration Services for data integration, Analysis Services for business intelligence, and Reporting Services for enterprise reporting.
SQL Server Software Assurance offers benefits such as license flexibility, fail-over servers for disaster recovery, Azure Hybrid Benefit for reduced rates on Azure services, and unlimited virtualization, among others, enhancing deployment, resilience, and cost-effectiveness.
SQL Server licensing under the Per Core model involves assigning a specific number of core licenses to each server, depending on physical cores or virtual operating system environments (OSEs). This model eliminates the need for additional client access licenses (CALs) and is suitable for various deployment scenarios.
Acquiring SQL Server through a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP), such as the 365 Cloud Store, offers several benefits:
  1. Flexible Licensing Options: CSPs, like the 365 Cloud Store,  offers flexible licensing models, including pay-as-you-go or subscription-based, allowing businesses to scale their SQL Server usage according to their needs. This flexibility can be especially advantageous for businesses with fluctuating workloads or seasonal demands.
  2. Cost Efficiency: With the 365 Cloud Store, businesses can avoid large upfront costs associated with purchasing perpetual licenses. Instead, you can pay for SQL Server on a monthly basis, which can help manage cash flow and reduce capital expenditures. Additionally, CSP partners may offer competitive pricing and discounts, further enhancing cost efficiency.
  3. Simplified Management: The 365 Cloud Store can provide your organization a single point of contact for purchasing, managing, and supporting SQL Server licenses. This streamlines the procurement process and reduces administrative burden for businesses, freeing up resources to focus on core objectives.
  4. Scalability and Agility: The 365 Cloud Store allows businesses to easily scale their SQL Server deployments up or down based on changing requirements. Whether it’s expanding to accommodate growth or downsizing during periods of low demand, CSP provides the flexibility needed to adapt quickly to evolving business needs.
  5. Access to Additional Services: The 365 Cloud Store can offer value-added services, such as migration assistance, optimization guidance, and technical support. These services can help your business maximize the benefits of SQL Server and ensure smooth operation of their database environments.
  6. Integration with Azure Services: The 365 Cloud Store enables seamless integration with other Microsoft Azure services, such as Azure SQL Database, Azure Virtual Machines, and Azure Data Factory. This integration facilitates hybrid and multi-cloud deployments, allowing businesses to leverage the full power of Microsoft’s cloud ecosystem.
There is not one size fits all, when talking about SQL Server. Schedule a no obligation consultation with one of our experts, so we can guide you through your SQL Server journey.

To connect to Microsoft SQL Server’s Database Engine, follow these steps:

1. Tools for getting started: Ensure you have the necessary tools installed. Common tools include SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), Azure Data Studio, bcp, and sqlcmd. SSMS is recommended for this guide.

2.Connect with SSMS: On Windows, search for SSMS in the Start menu and open it. If you’re on an older version of Windows, navigate through All Programs > Microsoft SQL Server > SQL Server Management Studio. Once open, you can connect to the Database Engine from the same computer.

3.Authorize extra connections: After connecting, your first task is to authorize other users to connect. You can do this by creating a login and authorizing it to access a database as a user. Windows authentication is recommended for most scenarios. To create a Windows Authentication login, use Management Studio. Expand your server instance in Object Explorer, navigate to Security, right-click Logins, and select New Login. Follow the prompts to create the login.

Remember, if you are having trouble connecting your SQL Server, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of experts is more than eager to help you get started.

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