I have already spoken about Editions of SQL Server and the different sales channels through which it is available. You can refer to a different post to know more about this. In this post, we will focus on SQL Server 2014 Licensing: Server & CAL Licensing. Read along to know more:
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In this post, we will only focus on the versions which would be purchased by most customers, i.e. Enterprise, Standard or Business Intelligence Edition. For these editions, SQL Server comes with two types of Licensing Models:
Server Cal Model of SQL Server
Only SQL Server Standard Edition is available in both Server/CAL as well as Core Licensing.
So, let us understand a bit more about the SQL Server Server/CAL Licensing models. When licensing SQL Server software under the Server+CAL model, customers purchase a server license for each server, and a client access license (CAL) “OR” for a device (Device CAL).
A user needs to have a CAL’s to (User or Device CAL) access SQL Server or any of its components. A CAL is not software, it is a license granting users and devices access to the SQL Server software.
Client Access Licenses are “Paper Licenses” and are not technically enforced. Which means that, in an event of an audit, the customer needs to prove that they have the required licenses of SQL Server for all its Users or devices.
This method of Licensing is more cost effective than the CORE model, but the break even point is 15-20 users Per CPU (depending upon the SQL Server version)
Do note that SQL Server does not give you “Concurrent Licensing” model. So all users and clients (Application, Apps, Server Administrators etc.) who are directly or indirectly connecting to the SQL Server needs to have a valid license.
Source: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide
Note: Microsoft provides limited support for SQL Server 2014 running anything other than Hyper V. Read More.
All the components mentioned above are a part of the “Additional Software” and you find the reference in the Product User Rights (PUR) document.
Also Read: SQL Server 2014 Core Licensing.
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