Gartner Research

Get the Most Out of Your Microsoft SQL Server Licensing

Published: 14 May 2015

ID: G00271551

Analyst(s): Dolores Ianni , Stewart Buchanan , Ben Jepson


Virtual SQL Server workloads can cost significantly more to license when poorly configured. IT procurement must work with database administrators and other stakeholders to ensure efficient configurations and attentive license compliance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Invest Time and Resources to Analyze Your SQL Server Licensing Options at Least Six to Nine Months Prior to Purchasing
  • Compare the Cost and Availability of Licensing Every Physical Server in a SQL Server Farm With Licensing Every Virtual Server to Run Anywhere
  • Disable Hyper-Threading Unless Its Practical Benefits Outweigh the Multiplication of Licensing Costs Without Multiplying Server Capacity

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