SQL Server is relational database server software offering tools for data storage, management, analysis, and reporting. It can be used as a back-end database server for internal applications or for powering a dynamic website.
You can use this guide to help you find the SQL Server edition and licenses appropriate for your organization's needs.
Microsoft offers SQL Server through TechSoup in the Standard and Enterprise editions. Standard Edition is most suitable for medium-size charities and organizations. Enterprise Edition is most suitable for large organizations.
For more information on SQL Server editions, see the
full comparison, and
new feature comparison.
Below are some of the major licensing requirements for SQL Server.
For more information on licensing, including details on licensing virtual machines, see the
SQL Server 2016 Licensing Datasheet. You can find even more detailed licensing information information in the
Microsoft Product Terms document..
For information about upgrading from previous versions of SQL Server, see the
SQL Server Supported Version and Edition Upgrades.
If you have active Software Assurance for your SQL Server licenses, you don't need to request the new version of SQL Server through TechSoup. You can simply download the new version through the VLSC to upgrade, and it won't count as an additional title toward your two-year title limit.
CALs work for the version equal to or earlier than their server software. They must be upgraded for use with newer server software. If you upgrade to the next version of SQL Server, you will also need to use Software Assurance to upgrade the CALs or request new CALs. CALs offered through TechSoup are always for the currently offered version.
For more information about Software Assurance, see
Software Assurance Benefits Included with Microsoft Donations
SQL Server products available through TechSoup.
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