SQL Server licensing

SQL Server licensing makes choosing the right edition simple and economical. Unlike other major vendors, there’s no having to pay for expensive add-ons to run your most demanding applications—because every feature and capability is already built in.

SQL Server licensing

SQL Server licensing

SQL Server licensing

SQL Server licensing

SQL Server licensing

SQL Server Pricing

SQL Server 2016 editionsIdeal for….Licensing modelChannel availabilityOpen no level Price (US$)
EnterpriseComprehensive, mission-critical in-memory performance with unparalleled security, an end-to-end enterprise business intelligence solution with mobile BI built in, and in-database advanced analytics at scale. Enterprise edition provides the highest service and performance for Tier-1 workloads.*Per core, in 2 core packsVolume licensing, hosting$14,256***
StandardCore data management and business intelligence capabilities with minimal IT resourcesPer core, in 2 core packsVolume licensing, hosting$3,717***
Server + CAL****Volume licensing, hosting, retail FPP$931***
Developer Free with full feature set of SQL Server 2016 Enterprise edition, Developer edition enables developers to build, test, and demonstrate applications in a non-production environment.Free downloadFree
WebSecure, cost effective and highly scalable data platform for public websites. The Web edition is available to third-party software service providers only.-Hosting only See your hosting partner for pricing
Express Entry-level, free database that is ideal for deploying small databases in production environments. Build desktop and small server data-driven applications up to 10 GB of disk size.-Free downloadFree
SQL Server 2016 editions
Enterprise
Ideal for….
Comprehensive, mission-critical in-memory performance with unparalleled security, an end-to-end enterprise business intelligence solution with mobile BI built in, and in-database advanced analytics at scale. Enterprise edition provides the highest service and performance for Tier-1 workloads.*
Licensing model
Per core, in 2 core packs
Channel availability
Volume licensing, hosting
Open no level Price (US$)
$14,256***
SQL Server 2016 editions
Standard
Ideal for….
Core data management and business intelligence capabilities with minimal IT resources
Licensing model
Per core, in 2 core packs
Channel availability
Volume licensing, hosting
Open no level Price (US$)
$3,717***
SQL Server 2016 editions
Ideal for….
Licensing model
Server + CAL****
Channel availability
Volume licensing, hosting, retail FPP
Open no level Price (US$)
$931***
SQL Server 2016 editions
Developer
Ideal for….
Free with full feature set of SQL Server 2016 Enterprise edition, Developer edition enables developers to build, test, and demonstrate applications in a non-production environment.
Licensing model
Channel availability
Open no level Price (US$)
Free
SQL Server 2016 editions
Web
Ideal for….
Secure, cost effective and highly scalable data platform for public websites. The Web edition is available to third-party software service providers only.
Licensing model
-
Channel availability
Hosting only
Open no level Price (US$)
See your hosting partner for pricing
SQL Server 2016 editions
Express
Ideal for….
Entry-level, free database that is ideal for deploying small databases in production environments. Build desktop and small server data-driven applications up to 10 GB of disk size.
Licensing model
-
Channel availability
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Free
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*Customers who require a massively parallel processing (MPP) data warehouse now have access to a parallel data warehouse (PDW) through their Enterprise Edition core licenses with Software Assurance. PDW is part of the Micosoft Analytics Platform System (APS).

**Editions sold in the per-core licensing model are sold as 2 core packs.

***Pricing represents open no level (NL) estimated retail price. For your specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.

****Client access licenses (CALs) are $209 per CAL and required for every user or device accessing a server in the Server + CAL licensing model. See the Product use rights for details.