Understanding SQL Server Licensing

Thursday May 5th 2005 by DatabaseJournal.com Staff
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There's one step in deploying an application that uses SQL Server that sometimes gets neglected until the last moment: buying the licenses! Review the confusing array of editions and licensing options now, before you have to write that multi-thousand dollar check.

[From Developer.com]

Sometimes, buying software is simple. If you want a copy of a simple HTML editor, for example, you just go to the vendor's Web site, find out how much it costs, fill out the online order form with your credit card number, and download your copy. But as you start dealing with more complex programs this simple model breaks down. By the time you get to an enterprise application such as Microsoft SQL Server, the story is immensely complicated. But if you're responsible for buying SQL Server, it's important to understand the various options involved. Choosing the wrong edition, or the wrong licensing scheme, could cost you thousands of dollars that you didn't have to spend.

The article continues at http://www.developer.com/db/article.php/3502746

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