SQL Server Pricing and License Cost

Scott Albritton
Applications Business Intelligence Analyst at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
For the most part, what you see is what you get with Microsoft’s licensing website. I sat through many hours of negotiations with many database and application vendors. Some application vendors try negotiating a better deal based on their licensed volume, but only twice have I seen Microsoft cater to lower licensing and it was because they wanted to make long-term wins with the customer knowing they had the possibility of gaining market share. That said, Microsoft is still usually cheaper than Oracle who will sometimes look cheaper to start with but add the possibility of higher long term rates. Asking for a discount can never hurt. View full review »
Gaston Nusimovich
Software Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
No issues with pricing and licensing for SS 2016 Dev Ed, as it is free of charge, as mentioned above, the thorny issue with pricing and licensing is with customers. We do our best to design DW solutions that can cover reqs from our customers within the capabilities of SS 2016 Standard Ed. View full review »
Senior Developer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
My advice is quite straightforward. If you know the number of users who really and truly need access to the Server then it is a no-brainer. If you do not know, then get the basic package and minimum licenses and start from there. Needless to say, users can develop/use data structures outside and then deploy onto the Server. View full review »
Недашковский Евгений
Senior SQL DBA at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
This is a downside of enterprise Microsoft products. Currently, almost all of my machines are in Azure and I think it is the best way of licensing now (VM+software). View full review »
CEO/CTO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Do the research and get the correct licensing model for your given purpose. A lot of people gravitate toward the Open Source databases because they don't have an upfront cost. I find that what you don't pay upfront is what you have to invest in development and maintenance time on implementation. On far too many occasions, I have spent weeks writing code for features that SQL Server already has built in. Either pay for the licensing cost or pay multiple times that for the labor involved in creating features, from scratch, that are native to products like SQL Server and Oracle. View full review »
Aju Mathai
Database Architect at Huron Consulting
It is expensive, but you get what you pay for. Since we are a cloud-based company, there is AWS pricing on top of the SQL Server pricing. The Enterprise Edition can typically sell from around $1000 dollars a month, which is not cheap. Then, there is an additional one-time Windows cost, based on the code, which can go anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 for the license. View full review »
Sr. Database and Application Administrator with 10,001+ employees
It has the easiest licensing. View full review »
Leonardo de Andrade
Brazil IT Coordinator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In my point of view, the MS SQL is the most inexpensive database commercial solution. If do you need to build a consistent ERP for example, with a medium to hard capability, and don't have much budget to spend it, this is your solution. View full review »
Systems Analyst/DBA at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Pricing and licensing is based on a per core and/or per-processor license. Try to keep these low, but keep it above four. (Four is the minimum number of cores.) If you are working mostly with OLTP, make sure your single thread CPU speeds are high. View full review »
BI Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The Enterprise license includes features that enrich the product experience as well as performance and scalability options. Choose this over the standard license where possible. View full review »
IT Director at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
When comparing the Standard Edition to the Enterprise, it is expensive but the performance and features meet with the ROI and TCO. Thus, overall, it minimizes the redundant servers, multiple backup copies, the risk of non-availability of the latest copy at the disaster recovery. View full review »
Managing Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The price has been going higher and higher. The market is quite price sensitive. View full review »
CEO and Founder at a tech services company
Unfortunately, SQL Server licensing is a very complex topic. I advise people to consult with a licensing expert. View full review »
Lei Liu
DBA,data architectuire at a tech services company
Migration local database into cloud View full review »
Technical lead/Senior embedded software engineer at a wireless company with 51-200 employees
I am not a direct purchaser, so I don’t know. View full review »
Paul Nockolds
Data Analyst at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Management Trainee for Training at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Go for SQL and compare it with pricing and stability with other Microsoft products. View full review »
Rahul Kumar Singh
Software Developer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
The setup cost is high, but it will return every penny. View full review »
Chief of Engineering at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
A licence might be worth the price to simplify management and speed up searches. View full review »
IT Consultant & IT Project Manager Assistant with 10,001+ employees
It’s okay as compared to the features that it has. View full review »
IT Technician / Support Supervisor at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Plan ahead, and make sure do not pay for something you are not going to fully use. View full review »
T Macul
Pre-Sales/System Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
according you need View full review »
Programmer Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Ahmad Yaseen
Corporate Data and BI Lead - Database Administrator at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
It is not very expensive and is suitable for an international company, like what I am working with. Free licenses are suitable for small companies, too. View full review »

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