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SQL Server 2016 has bought several new and improved features to the Database world, including new and improved Business Intelligence Capabilities (BI) with Mobile Reporting, Apps and Dashboards. With new releases comes new Licensing Rules. In this post, I am going to talk about What’s New in SQL Server 2016 Licensing.
Microsoft will provide more benefits to Enterprise Customers under EA (Enterprise Agreement) with flexibility to extend SQL to the Cloud, Pricing and other benefits. Licensing benefits are also extended to the following:
Source: Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Licensing Guide
There are no Business Intelligence Edition of SQL Server 2016
The legacy Business Intelligence Edition Users which was available in Server/CAL model would be upgraded to SQL Server Enterprise Edition on the same model with scalability limitations as marked below:
SQL Server 2016 introduces new and existing system components. There are no separate SKU’s for these components and if they are installed in different systems environments, all these environments needs to be licensed separately. Here are the list of components:
SQL Server Additional Software’s does NOT require a license and some of these are re-distributable components. These are as follows:
License Reassignment without SA benefits can be done every 90 Days.
You cannot License the Host Machine with a Standard License
Microsoft has made the following Changes with SQL Server 2016 in PDW
You would need SQL Enterprise Edition Per Core licensing with Software Assurance (SA) coverage for deploying and running SQL Server PDW.
You need to buy licenses for all the Processor Cores of the Servers available for compute. For example: Dual Socket 8 Core 2 Node Rack with require you to buy 32 Core Licenses.
Download the Official Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Licensing Guide Here.
Disclaimer: Please refer to the official documentation before going ahead with the purchase. Contact Microsoft Professional Support for any Doubts or your local Microsoft Partner.
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