2018-08-10T00:57:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for SQL Server?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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Tim Lenz - PeerSpot reviewer
SQL Database Administrator at Aurora Mental Health Center
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2022-02-22T21:33:07Z
Feb 22, 2022

When looking at the cost of licensing SQL Server the most important thing is to not buy more than you need. 


Whether you are in the cloud or on-premises you need to know if you can get by with the Standard Edition rather than the Enterprise Edition. 


When evaluating we found we only needed one Enterprise Edition for our Cluster Server because of reporting (SSRS) otherwise we could have used a two-node Cluster under Standard Edition. 


If the staying current is important then maybe hosting in the cloud where Microsoft keeps you on the latest version might be your best solution. As with all SQL Server decisions, the correct answer is: "It all depends"! 

Tim Lenz - PeerSpot reviewer
SQL Database Administrator at Aurora Mental Health Center
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Feb 23, 2022

@PeterJones Hi Peter, I saw your post about the data warehousing which inspired me to give my opinion and experience. Not sure where you are in Eastern Europe but I do have a goal to someday visit a friend in Romania that I met with Toastmasters. 

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Karol Bura - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Drukarnia Interak sp. z o.o.
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2022-03-30T15:36:00Z
Mar 30, 2022

We pay a license fee, it could always be cheaper.

Tushar Rahatekar - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Systems Analyst at a maritime company with 10,001+ employees
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2022-03-30T11:32:00Z
Mar 30, 2022

This is a very cheap product.

MM
Group CEO at Mmusi Group
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2022-03-04T23:01:03Z
Mar 4, 2022

It is annual.

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Team Lead, Process Improvement at Fidelity Bank Plc
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2022-02-18T14:01:59Z
Feb 18, 2022

We pay a monthly subscription fee.

PJ
Professional Services Manager at Business Intelligence DA
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2022-02-17T15:28:45Z
Feb 17, 2022

Hi Miriam,
just for the data warehousing side. My advice for people wanting to use SQL Server for data warehousing is to consider manual partitioning on SE vs database supported partitioning on SE. SE lists for USD3,700 per core and EE lists for USD14,000 per core. The optimiser is "dumbed down" on SE so it does not resolve queries on partitions very well. (Partition pruning is not done properly). So if you implemented manual partitioning you are going to pay about USD10K per core less. On a 16 core machine that's USD160K or so depending on your deal with MSFT.

Basically, this means you can get a 16 core CPU running SQL Server SE for about USD50K purchase and cheaper by the month. It's worth the extra effort to do manual partitioning over buying EE. Just my 2 cents worth! 

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Data Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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2022-02-15T12:37:16Z
Feb 15, 2022

The price of SQL Server is great. In my company, SQL Server is part of the Microsoft Suite, we don't have to pay for any additional license costs, it's quite cost-effective for us.

PJ
Professional Services Manager at Business Intelligence DA
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2022-02-14T15:02:13Z
Feb 14, 2022

SQL Server SE is popular in Romania because of the price. It doesn't do everything but for the price, it's fine. The price for the Standard Edition is approximately $3,700 USD per core. Once you include technical support, SQL Server is cheaper than PostgreSQL and MySQL. It is relevant to consider that the query optimizer works differently between the Standard Edition and the Enterprise Edition. The Standard Edition is cheaper but the Enterprise Edition has better performance. This is something that Microsoft had confirmed when we switched from 2008EE to 2014SE. Another thing to consider is that some applications require a certain edition of the solution. Power BI Mobile, for example, will only run with the Enterprise Edition.

Alaa T Alhorani - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Consultant (Enterprise Architect) at Devoteam
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2022-01-25T18:25:48Z
Jan 25, 2022

I can't speak to the pricing. I don't have any information on that. It's my understanding that we pay for licensing on a yearly basis.

DK
Senior Systems Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
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2022-01-24T09:32:37Z
Jan 24, 2022

Its licensing is yearly. There are no additional costs. There is only the subscription license.

IH
Advisory Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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2022-01-13T10:42:00Z
Jan 13, 2022

Synapse is a bit costly. If I compare it with different databases, I think it's a reasonable price. If I'm talking about licensing of the Oracle, it seems that normal organizations have it and some smaller organizations can also afford it, which is a good thing.

Amir Saudi - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Intelligence Manager at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
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2021-12-08T01:24:00Z
Dec 8, 2021

Licensing fees increase depending on size and performance. If you want higher performance, you should go for a different course.

AK
System Architect, SCRUM Product Owner at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
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2021-11-24T10:40:22Z
Nov 24, 2021

The price of the solution is fine.

Tim Lenz - PeerSpot reviewer
SQL Database Administrator at Aurora Mental Health Center
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2021-11-09T02:20:16Z
Nov 9, 2021

The pricing is pretty decent. It's less expensive than Oracle. While the solution started out really reasonable, it's gotten a little bit more pricey, as Microsoft keeps changing how they want to license it. Whether you're doing it in the cloud or on-premise change the costs involved. A lot of times it might be more cost-effective to do it in the cloud. Microsoft includes a lot of the licensing in the cloud.

Veerender Kumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Owner at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
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2021-11-04T09:47:37Z
Nov 4, 2021

We are on a monthly subscription and the price could improve. However, the price has worked out well in some deployments. The problem is you never know what kind of services have been installed and you have to be in touch with many people, such as which servers are active or which are not. I did face a couple of issues in terms of subscriptions and the pricing model. They have improved over time.

JI
System Analyst and Team Lead at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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2021-11-02T09:43:40Z
Nov 2, 2021

SQL Server is under a license from Microsoft.

Stefano Festa - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at netison
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2021-11-02T05:56:18Z
Nov 2, 2021

We are a reseller of Microsoft. We also signed the SPLA agreement, which stands for Services Provider License Agreement. So we are able to use Microsoft products in our data center in order to provide cloud services to our customers.

Francisco  Racionero - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO Owner at ALESON ITC
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2021-10-28T23:20:06Z
Oct 28, 2021

In a standard package, you need to buy two core packs. If you need four core packs the price is around € 8,000. There are more options in the cloud where fees are around € 60 a month. The cost is scaled and if you're deploying in the cloud you need to buy a machine infrastructure as a service. We only sell the license across the cross solution provider (CSP) program. If you have less than 25 users, you can buy an SQL standard per server license where the cost is around €1,200 approximately.

TU
Managing Director at D3
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2021-10-15T18:08:01Z
Oct 15, 2021

The price of SQL Server could be better in the African market. The licensing model needs to be improved, it is confusing.

MA
Senior DBA & IT Consultant at MA Consulting
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2021-10-12T14:00:13Z
Oct 12, 2021

While the price of the solution is comparatively cheaper, people are paying to Microsoft in any event for other things that they're using. Although the licensing cost could be cheaper, this depends, as there is nobody who only uses the database with Microsoft. Every company has Windows, Office, Active Directory and all the security features of Microsoft. This means that, overall, when one buys these licenses together, he also gets the database. The focus is not on the price of the database, but what is actually being paid to Microsoft. The licensing price could be better, more user-friendly. Things should be moved from the enterprise to the standard edition.

MJ
Senior Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
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2021-09-21T19:40:20Z
Sep 21, 2021

The licensing cost varies widely, depending upon what methodology you employ. It could be very cheap, for example, it could be less than $2,000. Alternatively, it can go up to well over $100,000.

Santosh Kurakula - PeerSpot reviewer
Group DWH and BI Senior Manager at Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa
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2021-09-20T10:53:41Z
Sep 20, 2021

There is a license required for the use of SQL Server and we are on an annual subscription.

SR
Director -Data Architecture and Engineering
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2021-08-19T23:49:52Z
Aug 19, 2021

If you are looking for a small setup and do not want an open-source solution or invest too much money in your database then SQL Server is a very good choice.

BL
Owner at 2 Bit
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2021-08-13T12:17:57Z
Aug 13, 2021

The solution does come at a cost.

Anandan Kanagarajan - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Supervisor - Enterprises Application DBA at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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2021-08-11T20:53:08Z
Aug 11, 2021

CPU Core-based Licensing & Windows Licensing costs are additional overheads compare to open source databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL. Managed SQL Server Database Service in Azure is lagging with many features like Linked Server, DB Mail. SQL Server deployment in the Cloud does not seem to be cost-effective with respect to the Licensing cost and average Life cycle of 5 years (I reiterate, this is in my opinion). If you take Postgre SQL and MySQL, they provide almost all the same features even though they are both open source databases.

IC
ICT Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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2021-08-11T13:30:12Z
Aug 11, 2021

The solution can get expensive. You do need to pay a licensing fee in order to use it. I can't speak to the exact costs. There are different subscription types and the subscription a company needs depends on the deployment they have in mind.

Anteneh Asnake - PeerSpot reviewer
Modern Data Center and Cloud Engineer II at IE Network Solutions PLC
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2021-08-07T06:35:13Z
Aug 7, 2021

There is a license required for this solution.

AM
VP Global Information Technology at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
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2021-07-29T08:21:58Z
Jul 29, 2021

There is a need to pay for the license for SQL Server. We have an enterprise license, which we consider to be fine.

CM
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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2021-07-23T10:12:25Z
Jul 23, 2021

The solution could be priced more competitively. We'd, of course, like it to be lower. Microsoft can sometimes be expensive. Each customer needs their own license.

OmidKoushki - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at KIAN company
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2021-07-02T14:50:38Z
Jul 2, 2021

There is a license required for this solution. One of the problems is for smaller businesses to purchases a license because it is expensive for a lot of them to afford.

EK
Sr Lead Data & Information Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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2021-06-24T23:56:34Z
Jun 24, 2021

We pay per second of usage, but there are different offerings of the license.

SM
Global Head ICT (CITP & MIE) at The Aga Khan Academies
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2021-06-02T15:44:56Z
Jun 2, 2021

It comes with the bundle package that we have. We have Microsoft Volume Licensing, so we don't have to pay for it separately. It is a part of the package.

MG
CEO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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2021-05-31T15:41:02Z
May 31, 2021

It is something we have been using for a lot of years. If we're paying, it should be reasonable.

Mohamed_Farouk - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Manager at OrchidaSoft
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2021-05-29T17:22:34Z
May 29, 2021

Some of our clients purchase the license and others do not; they use Express SQL Server.

YT
Information Security Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
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2021-05-27T15:16:00Z
May 27, 2021

I believe the licensing to be on an annual basis. In 2019 we purchased a three year license.

Ossama Benaziz - PeerSpot reviewer
Operations Director at ALTERSIS Performance
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2021-05-13T12:18:00Z
May 13, 2021

Customers do have to pay to use the solution. They tend to pay on a yearly basis.

EN
Head of Data Analytics at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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2021-05-08T15:48:08Z
May 8, 2021

This is a very affordable solution, which is why it's used so widely in the market. I think one of the strongest points of SQL Server is the reasonable cost.

CL
Data Analyst at a tech company with 51-200 employees
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2021-05-05T14:15:13Z
May 5, 2021

It's a bit expensive. The licensing is expensive.

MP
CEO at SkyNet
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2021-04-06T13:38:19Z
Apr 6, 2021

Pricing is a bit on the higher side. It could be reduced.

RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
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2021-04-01T10:10:32Z
Apr 1, 2021

I don't have any details on the licensing in terms of any details or costs. It's not an aspect of the solution I directly deal with.

DG
Information Systems Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 51-200 employees
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2021-03-30T19:25:39Z
Mar 30, 2021

It is expensive, especially when you have open-source products that are just about as functional and they're free. They might want to consider re-evaluating their pricing. We purchased it in retail. It was somewhere in the neighborhood of 9,000. There is just the standard licensing fee. If they migrate this product the way they're trying to do everything else, eventually, it is going to be subscription-based, which is going to suck, but that's the way the industry is going, so it is what it is.

Lional Angelo - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager Digital Technologies at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
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2021-03-06T07:29:37Z
Mar 6, 2021

SQL pricing is slightly high compared to where it was before. That said, compared to other products like Oracle, they are still cheap. It's not overly expensive in comparison to others. The final price you can expect all depends on your requirements. A standard version of SQL is always cheaper than an enterprise. If you're going to go on a cluster, it's particularly expensive. However, when it comes to the value and what is provided, that is also important. It all depends on what you need. I cannot just blindly say that it's expensive or cheap as it all depends on your requirement. Comparatively, SQL is cheaper than other products like Oracle. Oracle is really expensive compared to SQL.

PJ
Professional Services Manager at Business Intelligence DA
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Feb 17, 2022

@Lional Angelo "SQL pricing is slightly high compared to where it was before." In 2019 SE went up and EE came down quite a bit for the purchase price option. I am guessing you are referring to the cost of SE.

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Prashant Baste - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at Team Computers
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2021-03-05T09:38:33Z
Mar 5, 2021

The cost isn't overly expensive. It's very reasonable. Our customers are happy with the price. It's in a good range.

YA
Chief of Information Technology at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
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2021-03-04T04:45:30Z
Mar 4, 2021

The price of the solution could be reduced, it is expensive.

ST
Director at Exela Technologies
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2021-02-24T11:06:46Z
Feb 24, 2021

The cost is high and because it's an expensive product, we are in the process of moving towards open-source solutions.

Mike  Sax - PeerSpot reviewer
Vice President, Product Engineering at Logitix
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2021-02-14T14:42:24Z
Feb 14, 2021

The enterprise version of the solution needs to be priced more competitively. We have a couple of models. We lease through Azure monthly, which is for the Standard version. We have had to purchase the Enterprise version to the tune of a few hundred thousand dollars, which is just ridiculous. On top of that, there aren't really any other knock-on costs.

JJ
Business Solutions Architect at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees
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2021-02-12T14:21:00Z
Feb 12, 2021

With recent releases, the Standard Edition (cheaper) SKU has some of the earlier version Enterprise features. SQL Express has some limitations. The Azure Platform as a Service option remains relatively expensive, at least in South Africa, compared to on-premises, but it is worth exploring.

RS
Business Analytics Manager at a transportation company with 201-500 employees
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2021-02-02T07:46:00Z
Feb 2, 2021

The solution doesn't cost as much as Oracle. Oracle is more expensive. That's always been the complaint with Oracle. They're very good, however, they're the most expensive out there and that's how they're losing business right now. Their big jump in the cloud happened way too late in the game, and everybody just jumped on the cloud due to high costs. If you were to compare pricing, SQL Server is much cheaper.

Karel Van Der Walt - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Architect at ACPAS Loan Management Software
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2021-01-27T11:24:04Z
Jan 27, 2021

You do need to pay for licensing in order to use the solution. It is a little bit expensive, however, it's not the most expensive option on the market. It's cheaper than the competition, however, as I mentioned, it's still pretty pricey.

WL
Senior Programmer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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2021-01-26T08:40:56Z
Jan 26, 2021

The solution certainly comes at a cost, however, for me, it's an acceptable cost. I find it acceptable due to the fact that it would be free if I use MySQL on-premise, however, then it would be hard to hire people to maintain it. It's a give and take. That said, the license cost is very very high. I'm afraid if I use it on a larger scale it will cost a lot.

HarkamalSingh - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
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2021-01-23T13:47:39Z
Jan 23, 2021

Cost is a major derivative for any organization. It has a reasonable cost value, and its cloud support is also better than others. Comparatively, Oracle can do the same things or is even better in certain areas, but it is expensive. The cost along with the support are the plus factors for SQL Server.

DB
Sr Tech Business Analyst, Group Data Projects & Ventures at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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2020-12-28T10:53:51Z
Dec 28, 2020

While there are costs involved in using the product, I'm not a part of the billing or payments team. I can't speak to how much the solution costs or how much our organization pays. I do not know if it's monthly or yearly and how long our contract is for, if we have one.

Meindert Van Der Galiën - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Software Developer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
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2020-12-24T07:39:41Z
Dec 24, 2020

The solution is very affordable. It can be used free of charge. There are payment packages for SQL based on dollars for any level of additions. They offer enterprise, express, and production additions that are available as well as community additions and student additions, which are completely free.

NS
Network Engineer at IRPC PCL
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2020-12-08T15:13:05Z
Dec 8, 2020

The licensing is reasonable. It's not too expensive. We are charged on a yearly basis, however, I don't know the exact amount we are charged. I'm not a part of the billing and payments department.

MartinAnderson - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at BNS
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2020-12-06T10:59:48Z
Dec 6, 2020

The price could be cheaper.

Rafael Keller - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Pluris Midia
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2020-12-03T12:47:24Z
Dec 3, 2020

This is an expensive product, especially when you need two servers, or for enterprise solutions. We pay approximately $12,000 USD per month for both the server and the license.

Rmegio Lawag - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Department Manager at Direcbusiness Technologies, Inc.
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2020-11-30T11:06:00Z
Nov 30, 2020

We didn't have any licensing costs for SQL Server.

KG
Lead Data Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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2020-09-03T07:49:44Z
Sep 3, 2020

Pricing is reasonable for small organizations, but the scaling increases the price. For larger organizations that would be using enterprise solutions, it contains some hidden costs.

SashisekharPanda - PeerSpot reviewer
General Manager/MVP at Yotta Infrastructure Solutions LLP
Real User
2020-08-02T08:16:00Z
Aug 2, 2020

SQL Server is a cost-effective solution for a small database.

BL
Certified Adjunct Faculty, School of Engineering and Computing at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
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2020-07-26T08:18:59Z
Jul 26, 2020

I, unfortunately, do not handle licensing, so I don't know what the costs are for the product.

AM
Sr. DBA/Developer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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2020-06-15T07:33:50Z
Jun 15, 2020

I'm not the person that deals with billing and payments, so I don't know what the cost of the solution is, or if it is monthly or yearly billing.

Aju Mathai - PeerSpot reviewer
Database Architect at Huron Consulting
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2019-03-24T08:52:00Z
Mar 24, 2019

It is expensive, but you get what you pay for. Since we are a cloud-based company, there is AWS pricing on top of the SQL Server pricing. The Enterprise Edition can typically sell from around $1000 dollars a month, which is not cheap. Then, there is an additional one-time Windows cost, based on the code, which can go anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 for the license.

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Programmer Analyst at Cognizant Technology Solutions
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2019-03-07T09:15:00Z
Mar 7, 2019

It's good.

Lei Liu - PeerSpot reviewer
DBA,data architectuire at LGCNS CHINA
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2019-02-15T03:06:00Z
Feb 15, 2019

Migration local database into cloud

Rahul Kumar Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Developer at OATI
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2018-08-10T00:57:00Z
Aug 10, 2018

The setup cost is high, but it will return every penny.

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