|SQL Server 2014 Editions||Description||Server + CAL||Core-based||Requirements|
|Enterprise||for mission critical applications and large scale data warehousing||No||Yes|
|Business Intelligence||Premium corporate and self-service BI||Yes||No||SQL Server CALs required|
|Standard||Basic database, reporting and analytics capabilities||Yes||Yes||SQL Server CALs required when licensing Server + CAL|
|Parallel Data Warehouse||Available as a component of the new Analytics Platform System integrated appliance||No||Yes|
Server + CAL: Provides the option to license users and/or devices, with low cost access to incremental SQL Server deployments.
Per Core: Gives customers a more precise measure of computing power and a more consistent licensing metric, regardless of whether solutions are deployed on physical servers on-premises, or in virtual or cloud.
Special Note for Enterprise Edition Users: With the introduction of SQL Server 2012, Enterprise Edition was removed from the Server + CAL mode and new server licenses are no longer available. However, customers with active Software Assurance (SA)coverage can continue to renew SA on Enterprise Edition servers and upgrade to SQL Server 2014 software. Note: for customers who upgrade to SQL Server 2014, a 20 core limit applies to the software.
Under the Per Core licensing model, each server running SQL Server 2014 software or any of its components (such as Reporting Services or Integration Services) must be assigned an appropriate number of SQL Server 2014 core licenses. The number of core licenses needed depends on whether customers are licensing the physical server or individual virtual operating system environments (OSEs). Unlike the Server+CAL licensing model, the Per Core model allows access for an unlimited number of users or devices to connect from either inside or outside an organization’s firewall. With the Per Core model, customers do not need to purchase additional client access licenses (CALs) to access the SQL Server software.
Physical Server: A server is a physical hardware system capable of running server software. A hardware partition or blade is considered to be a separate physical hardware system. |
Physical Processor: A processor is generally a physical chip that resides in a physical socket of the hardware partition and contains one or more cores.
Physical Core: Each physical processor contains smaller processing units called physical cores. Some processors have two cores, some four, some six or eight, and so on. The figure above shows an example of two physical processors with six cores each.
Hardware Thread: A hardware thread is either a physical core or a hyper-thread in a physical processor.
Physical Operating System Environment: A physical operating system environment (OSE) is configured to run directly on a physical hardware system and is all or part of an operating system instance.
When running SQL Server in a physical OSE, all physical cores on the server must be licensed. Software partitioning does not reduce the number of core licenses required, except when licensing individual virtual machines (VMs). The minimum number of licenses required for each processor on the server still applies.
To determine and acquire the correct number of core licenses needed, customers must:
SQL Server Core Factor Table*
|Processor Type||Core Factor|
|All processors not mentioned below||1|
|AMD Processors 31XX, 32XX, 33XX, 41XX, 42XX, 43XX, 61XX, 62XX, 63XX Series Processors with 6 or more cores||0.75|
The Per Core licensing model is appropriate when: