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SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2014 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.

Compare features in all editions to determine the ideal solution for your virtualization and cloud computing needs.

SQL Server 2014 has three main editions that are closely aligned with how customers use SQL Server across workloads. SQL Server 2014 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 2014 offers two licensing models: one that is based on computing power, and one that is based on users or devices.

SQL 2014 Editions

Flexibility and innovation

Cloud-optimized licensing gives you the ability to license a single virtual machine (VM) or to license a server for maximum virtualization, as well as the flexibility to move your VMs from server to server, to hosters or the cloud.

Industry-leading TCO

SQL 2014 continues to provide outstanding value at any scale among all major vendors. SQL Server 2014 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.

How to buy

Learn about the benefits of the new licensing model and compare pricing and features for each edition.

Learn about the benefits of the new licensing model and compare pricing and features for each edition.

SQL Server will be available in three main editions, which are aligned with how customers deploy database solutions.

Enterprise Edition

Enterprise Edition delivers enterprise-class mission-critical and tier-1 database. With in-memory technologies built in across workloads, it accelerates performance for transaction processing, data warehousing, and business intelligence. Enterprise Edition is available through core-based licensing.

Business Intelligence Edition

Business Intelligence Edition delivers a comprehensive platform that empowers organizations of all sizes to build and deploy security-enhanced, scalable, and manageable business intelligence solutions. It enables large-scale self-service reporting and analytics. This edition is licensed in the Server + CAL model, so you can quickly scale out business intelligence solutions across servers as your business grows.

Standard Edition

SQL Server 2014 Standard is a complete data platform for departments and small organizations. It provides core data management functionality, limited business intelligence for operational reporting and functional data marts, and built-in developer tools. Standard Edition can be licensed in either the core-based licensing model or the Server + CAL licensing model.

Licensing by computing power: Core-based licensing

With the release of SQL Server 2014, the option for licensing for computing power will be core-based.

  • Enterprise and Standard are available under core-based licensing. Cored-based licenses will be sold in two-core packs. The Standard Edition is also available under the Server+ CAL licensing model.

  • To license a physical server, you must license all the cores in the server. A minimum of four core licenses are required for each physical processor in the server.

Licensing by users: Server + CAL licensing

The Business Intelligence and Standard Editions are available under the Server + Client Access License (CAL) model.

  • This licensing model can be used any time the number of users can be readily counted (for example, internal database applications).

  • To access a licensed SQL Server in the Server + CAL model, each user must have a SQL Server CAL that is the same version or newer (for example, to access a SQL Server 2008 server, a user would need a SQL Server 2008 CAL or a SQL Server 2014 CAL).

  • Each SQL Server 2014 CAL can provide access to multiple licensed SQL Servers, including the new SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence Server as well as prior versions of the Enterprise Edition Servers.

Database virtualization: Cloud optimized licensing

With databases that use just a fraction of the compute power of a physical server, you can save by licensing individual database virtual machines (VMs).

  • To license a VM with core-based licenses, simply pay for the virtual cores allocated within the virtual machine (minimum of four core licenses per VM).

  • To license a VM under the Server + CAL model (for the Business Intelligence and Standard Editions of SQL Server 2014), you can buy the server license and buy associated SQL Server CALs for each user.

  • Each licensed VM that is covered with Software Assurance can be moved frequently within your server farm, or to a third-party hoster or cloud services provider.

  • Servers fully licensed with Enterprise Edition core licenses with Software Assurance allow you to deploy an unlimited number of database VMs on the server (or server farm) in a heavily consolidated virtualized deployment to achieve further savings.

Contact your local Reseller for more information and for assistance with purchasing.

FAQ

Find answers to questions about features, licensing models, and determining which edition is right for you.

Find answers to questions about features, licensing models, and determining which edition is right for you.

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