How much does a Microsoft SQL Server Cost?

Microsoft's SQL Server 2017 and 2016 are both incredibly popular database server software. If you are looking to setup SQL Hosting, an important factor is how much an SQL Server license will cost to operate.

In this article, we'll outline what SQL Server is, what versions are available, and how each are licensed. 

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What is SQL Server?

First developed in 1989 with SQL Server 1.0, Microsoft's SQL Server is a full featured database management platform. It is typically leveraged by medium and large sized enterprises to power any of their database storage and analysis requirements.

Key features of SQL Server include:

  • Machine learning
  • Analysis
  • Reporting
  • Business Intelligence Studio
  • Full Text Search

What Versions of SQL Server Are Available?

The following versions of SQL Server are available:

  • SQL Server 2005: No longer supported.
  • SQL Server 2008: No longer supported
  • SQL Server 2016: The most popular version currently.
  • SQL Server 2017
  • SQL Server 2019: In development preview.

There are five versions available: Express, Developer, Web, Standard, and Enterprise. Express and Developer are both free versions designed for very limited personal use, or for development testing. 

How Much Does SQL Server 2016 Cost?

There are two licensing models for SQL Server 2016. It can either be licensed per server with a license required for every device that connects to the database server, or it can be licensed per core of the database server, with a minimum 4-core license required.

The Microsoft SQL Server license cost is charged based on the number of cores of the database server and the version of SQL Server selected. 

Product Name

One-Time Retail Price

ServerMania Monthly Pricing

SQL 2016 Enterprise 2-pack of Core Licenses

$14,256 ($7,128 per core)

$2005/month per server

SQL 2016 Standard 2-pack of Core Licenses

$3,717  ($1,859 per core)

$530/month per server

SQL 2016 Standard Server License

$931

$530/month per server

SQL 2016 Web

Not available in retail.

$40/month per server

SQL 2016 User / Device CAL

$209

N/A

Developer

Free

Free

Express

Free

Free

How Much Does SQL Server 2017 Cost?

There are two licensing models for SQL Server 2017. It can either be licensed per server with a license required for every device that connects to the database server, or it can be licensed per core of the database server, with a minimum 4-core license required.

The Microsoft SQL Server license cost is charged based on the number of cores of the database server and the version of SQL Server selected. 

Product Name

One-Time Retail Price

ServerMania Monthly Pricing

SQL 2017 Enterprise 2-pack of Core Licenses

$14,256 ($7,128 per core)

$2005/month per server

SQL 2017 Standard 2-pack of Core Licenses

$3,717  ($1,859 per core)

$530/month per server

SQL 2017 Standard Server License

$931

$530/month per server

SQL 2016 Web

Not available at retail

$40/month per server

SQL 2017 User / Device CAL

$209

N/A

Developer

Free

Free

Express

Free

Free

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