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 2016 editions||Ideal for….||Licensing model||Channel availability||Open no level Price (US$)|
|Enterprise||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.*||Per core, in 2 core packs||Volume licensing, hosting||$14,256***|
|Standard||Core data management and business intelligence capabilities with minimal IT resources.||Per core, in 2 core packs||Volume 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 download||Free|
|Web||Secure, 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 download||Free|
*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.