2018-08-10T00:57:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for SQL Server?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

There is a license required for this solution. One of the problems is for smaller businesses to purchases a license because it is expensive for a lot of them to afford.

2021-07-02T14:50:38Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We pay per second of usage, but there are different offerings of the license.

2021-06-24T23:56:34Z
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Top 5Real User

It comes with the bundle package that we have. We have Microsoft Volume Licensing, so we don't have to pay for it separately. It is a part of the package.

2021-06-02T15:44:56Z
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Top 20Real User

It is something we have been using for a lot of years. If we're paying, it should be reasonable.

2021-05-31T15:41:02Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Some of our clients purchase the license and others do not; they use Express SQL Server.

2021-05-29T17:22:34Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I believe the licensing to be on an annual basis. In 2019 we purchased a three year license.

2021-05-27T15:16:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Customers do have to pay to use the solution. They tend to pay on a yearly basis.

2021-05-13T12:18:00Z
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Top 20Real User

This is a very affordable solution, which is why it's used so widely in the market. I think one of the strongest points of SQL Server is the reasonable cost.

2021-05-08T15:48:08Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

It's a bit expensive. The licensing is expensive.

2021-05-05T14:15:13Z
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Top 20Real User

Pricing is a bit on the higher side. It could be reduced.

2021-04-06T13:38:19Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I don't have any details on the licensing in terms of any details or costs. It's not an aspect of the solution I directly deal with.

2021-04-01T10:10:32Z
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Top 20Real User

It is expensive, especially when you have open-source products that are just about as functional and they're free. They might want to consider re-evaluating their pricing. We purchased it in retail. It was somewhere in the neighborhood of 9,000. There is just the standard licensing fee. If they migrate this product the way they're trying to do everything else, eventually, it is going to be subscription-based, which is going to suck, but that's the way the industry is going, so it is what it is.

2021-03-30T19:25:39Z
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Top 20Real User

SQL pricing is slightly high compared to where it was before. That said, compared to other products like Oracle, they are still cheap. It's not overly expensive in comparison to others. The final price you can expect all depends on your requirements. A standard version of SQL is always cheaper than an enterprise. If you're going to go on a cluster, it's particularly expensive. However, when it comes to the value and what is provided, that is also important. It all depends on what you need. I cannot just blindly say that it's expensive or cheap as it all depends on your requirement. Comparatively, SQL is cheaper than other products like Oracle. Oracle is really expensive compared to SQL.

2021-03-06T07:29:37Z
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Top 10Real User

The cost isn't overly expensive. It's very reasonable. Our customers are happy with the price. It's in a good range.

2021-03-05T09:38:33Z
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Top 20Real User

The price of the solution could be reduced, it is expensive.

2021-03-04T04:45:30Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The cost is high and because it's an expensive product, we are in the process of moving towards open-source solutions.

2021-02-24T11:06:46Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The enterprise version of the solution needs to be priced more competitively. We have a couple of models. We lease through Azure monthly, which is for the Standard version. We have had to purchase the Enterprise version to the tune of a few hundred thousand dollars, which is just ridiculous. On top of that, there aren't really any other knock-on costs.

2021-02-14T14:42:24Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

With recent releases, the Standard Edition (cheaper) SKU has some of the earlier version Enterprise features. SQL Express has some limitations. The Azure Platform as a Service option remains relatively expensive, at least in South Africa, compared to on-premises, but it is worth exploring.

2021-02-12T14:21:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The solution doesn't cost as much as Oracle. Oracle is more expensive. That's always been the complaint with Oracle. They're very good, however, they're the most expensive out there and that's how they're losing business right now. Their big jump in the cloud happened way too late in the game, and everybody just jumped on the cloud due to high costs. If you were to compare pricing, SQL Server is much cheaper.

2021-02-02T07:46:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

You do need to pay for licensing in order to use the solution. It is a little bit expensive, however, it's not the most expensive option on the market. It's cheaper than the competition, however, as I mentioned, it's still pretty pricey.

2021-01-27T11:24:04Z
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Top 20Real User

The solution certainly comes at a cost, however, for me, it's an acceptable cost. I find it acceptable due to the fact that it would be free if I use MySQL on-premise, however, then it would be hard to hire people to maintain it. It's a give and take. That said, the license cost is very very high. I'm afraid if I use it on a larger scale it will cost a lot.

2021-01-26T08:40:56Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Cost is a major derivative for any organization. It has a reasonable cost value, and its cloud support is also better than others. Comparatively, Oracle can do the same things or is even better in certain areas, but it is expensive. The cost along with the support are the plus factors for SQL Server.

2021-01-23T13:47:39Z
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Top 20Real User

While there are costs involved in using the product, I'm not a part of the billing or payments team. I can't speak to how much the solution costs or how much our organization pays. I do not know if it's monthly or yearly and how long our contract is for, if we have one.

2020-12-28T10:53:51Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The solution is very affordable. It can be used free of charge. There are payment packages for SQL based on dollars for any level of additions. They offer enterprise, express, and production additions that are available as well as community additions and student additions, which are completely free.

2020-12-24T07:39:41Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The licensing is reasonable. It's not too expensive. We are charged on a yearly basis, however, I don't know the exact amount we are charged. I'm not a part of the billing and payments department.

2020-12-08T15:13:05Z
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Top 10Real User

The price could be cheaper.

2020-12-06T10:59:48Z
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Top 10Real User

This is an expensive product, especially when you need two servers, or for enterprise solutions. We pay approximately $12,000 USD per month for both the server and the license.

2020-12-03T12:47:24Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We didn't have any licensing costs for SQL Server.

2020-11-30T11:06:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Pricing is reasonable for small organizations, but the scaling increases the price. For larger organizations that would be using enterprise solutions, it contains some hidden costs.

2020-09-03T07:49:44Z
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Top 5Real User

SQL Server is a cost-effective solution for a small database.

2020-08-02T08:16:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I, unfortunately, do not handle licensing, so I don't know what the costs are for the product.

2020-07-26T08:18:59Z
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Real User

I'm not the person that deals with billing and payments, so I don't know what the cost of the solution is, or if it is monthly or yearly billing.

2020-06-15T07:33:50Z
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Real User

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.

2019-03-24T08:52:00Z
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Consultant

It's good.

2019-03-07T09:15:00Z
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Real User

Migration local database into cloud

2019-02-15T03:06:00Z
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Real User

The setup cost is high, but it will return every penny.

2018-08-10T00:57:00Z
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