Gartner Research

Minimizing Microsoft SQL Server Licensing Costs and Risks

Published: 13 February 2017

ID: G00317999

Analyst(s): Ben Jepson , Dolores Ianni


Virtual SQL Server workloads can cost significantly more to license when poorly configured. Sourcing and vendor management leaders focused on Microsoft contract negotiations must work with DBAs 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 Core in an SQL Server Farm With Licensing Every Virtual Server to Run Anywhere
  • Plan for Your Next SQL Server Enterprise SA Renewal by Preparing to Switch From Server+CAL to Per Core Licensing

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