How to buy the Microsoft Analytics Platform System

Microsoft partners with leading hardware providers such as HPE, Dell and Quanta Cloud Technologies to deliver the Analytics Platform System as a fully integrated system. APS software and premier support services are procured through Microsoft, with hardware purchased directly through our APS hardware partners.

Licensing overview

Licenses can be purchased as its own SKU (SQL Server PDW). Starting February 2015, SQL Server Enterprise Per Core licenses with SA may be used to license and run SQL Server PDW on the APS appliance.

SQL Server Enterprise Edition software is licensed in the Per-Core based licensing model. Under the Per Core licensing model, all physical cores on all active PDW compute servers must be fully licensed for SQL Server Enterprise Edition software and include active Software Assurance (SA) coverage.

Appliance software requirementsPDW Control & HDI Head Node ServersHDI Active Compute ServersPDW Active Compute ServersPassive Failover Servers
SQL Server Enterprise Per Core licenses with SAN/AN/A16 licenses per server**N/A
Windows Server 2012 Standard Processor Licenses with SA2 licenses per appliance2 licenses per server1 licenses per server2 licenses per server
System Center 2012 Standard Processor Licenses with SA2 licenses per appliance2 licenses per server 1 license per server2 licenses per server
Appliance software requirements
SQL Server Enterprise Per Core licenses with SA
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
N/A
HDI Active Compute Servers
N/A
PDW Active Compute Servers
16 licenses per server**
Passive Failover Servers
N/A
Appliance software requirements
Windows Server 2012 Standard Processor Licenses with SA
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
2 licenses per appliance
HDI Active Compute Servers
2 licenses per server
PDW Active Compute Servers
1 licenses per server
Passive Failover Servers
2 licenses per server
Appliance software requirements
System Center 2012 Standard Processor Licenses with SA
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
2 licenses per appliance
HDI Active Compute Servers
2 licenses per server
PDW Active Compute Servers
1 license per server
Passive Failover Servers
2 licenses per server
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers
Appliance software requirements
PDW Control & HDI Head Node Servers
HDI Active Compute Servers
PDW Active Compute Servers
Passive Failover Servers

*SQL Server Enterprise Per Core licenses with Software Assurance are needed to license and run PDW on the APS Appliance. C​ore licenses are sold in packs of two, so eight 2-core license packs must be purchased to cover each 16-core server. Windows Server Standard and System Center Standard each cover two Operating System Environments.

APS hardware appliance partners

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