SQL Server 2016 Licensing
SQL Server 2016 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.
SQL Server 2016 has two main editions that closely align with the way that customers use SQL Server across workloads. SQL Server 2016 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).
SQL Server 2016 offers two licensing models: one that is based on computing power, and one that is based on users or devices.
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Server + Client Access
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 to the cloud.
SQL 2016 continues to provide outstanding value at any scale among all major vendors. SQL Server 2016 offers compelling product features and capabilities within two main editions, with no costly add-ons required to run your mission critical and business intelligence applications.
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Learn about these offerings, which add six additional years of critical security updates beyond the end of Extended Support.
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Download detailed information about licensing SQL Server 2016.
Get details on how to evaluate, purchase, and deploy SQL Server 2016.
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Read an overview of licensing information for SQL Server 2016.
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Download definitions of key terms related to server licensing and learn the basics of the per core licensing model.
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Download information about licensing models for using Microsoft server products with virtualization technologies.