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What is SQL Server Core license?

What is SQL Server Core license?

This license allows for an unlimited number of users and devices to be connected to a server. If you want to install your SQL servers under a Core Based License, make sure you can follow these rules: You need to license every physical operating system environment (OSE) that is running SQL server software.

How does SQL Server core licensing work?

Under the Per Core licensing model, each server that runs SQL server software in a physical operating system environment (OSE) must have a core license for every core in the processor. The same logic is applied to the virtual cores in a virtual environment.

How much does a SQL Server license cost?

Subscriptions and add-ons

Subscriptions and add-ons Price (US$) Channel availability
SQL Server Enterprise $5,434/year Volume Licensing
SQL Server Standard $1,418/year Volume Licensing
Big data node cores $400/year Volume Licensing

How many cores does a database server need?

Standard edition: Purchase: 64 core licenses. Cores: Uses 24 cores (check that cores are allocated across all NUMA nodes) Soft NUMA: 6 cores/NUMA node if cores are balanced, so not needed.

How many cores does it take to license SQL Server?

Microsoft requires a minimum of four cores to be licensed for SQL Server. After that, they sell SQL Server licenses in packs of two cores. For example, if you have a VM with only one or two vCPUs, you need to purchase four cores of SQL Server licensing for that VM.

What are the different licensing models for SQL Server?

SQL Server Licensing Models There are two licensing models for SQL Server depending on the edition. Core-based, which can be used by either Enterprise and Standard, and server + client access license (CAL) which only is applicable for Standard. Core-based licensing means that you are accounting for all the cores used in each virtual OSE (VM).

Do you need to license SQL Server for virtualization?

The biggest question I often get when it comes to licensing SQL Server for virtualized environments is this: should VMs be licensed individually or should entire virtualization hosts be licensed? It depends. The next two sections will cover licensing considerations for both per-VM and per-host, focusing on the Core-based model.

Do you need a processor for SQL Server?

Since SQL Server uses core-based licensing, it is very important that you do some careful analysis as part of choosing a processor for SQL Server usage. SQL Server core licenses are relatively expensive, and it is very common to spend a lot more money on license costs than on your hardware and storage.