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Microsoft SQL Server Overview

Microsoft SQL Server is relational database server software. It offers tools for data storage, management, analysis and reporting.

Products available in the Microsoft SQL Server range

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition (Server/CAL)

Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition is relational database server software offering tools for data storage, management, analysis and reporting.

This product operates on a server/CAL licensing model and includes one server licence. Under this model, you will need a separate licence for each client (client CAL) or device (device CAL) that accesses the server.

Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition (Core-Based)

Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition is relational database server software offering tools for data storage, management, analysis and reporting.

This product operates on a core-based licencing model. Under this model, you will need to licence all cores in a physical environment. In a virtual environment, the same minimum requirement applies to virtual cores allocated to virtual machines.

Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition (Core-Based)

Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition includes all of the features of Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition and Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence Edition, plus additional enterprise-level features. These include the ability for SQL Server to integrate and manage data across multiple database-driven systems, serve as a data repository for diverse data types and provide greater uptime, faster failover, and more efficient use of hardware resources

Client Access Licences

A Microsoft SQL Server user or device CAL is required for each user or device accessing or using Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition (Server/CAL) or Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence Edition (Server/CAL). No other version of Microsoft SQL Server requires client access licences.

Microsoft SQL Server User CAL

Microsoft SQL Server User Client Access License (CAL) authorises one user to access Microsoft SQL Server from any device when the server is deployed using the Client/Server mode. (for example, when an employee accesses the server from a computer at work and another at home).

Microsoft SQL Server Device CAL

Microsoft SQL Server Device Client Access Licence (CAL) authorises one computer to access Microsoft SQL Server when the server is deployed using the Client/Server model. Any number of users can use the device (for example, a shared workstation).

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