Having an SQL Server has become commonplace in many working environments, and as their demand grows, Microsoft is constantly adding newer editions with more advanced features. The new version, SQL Server 2017 Standard 2 Core, is a great upgrade from its predecessor and comes with many new benefits. Among the notable features include graph database capabilities, availability groups, batch mode adaptive joins, and memory grant feedback, among others. These new features make it one of the most effective and efficient database software solutions on the market.
The Core Licensing model for SQL Server 2017 Standard requires that you purchase a license for every Core on your Host Machine or Virtual Machine with a license, which is sold in packs of 2 Cores. There are no CALs required for this server version, and it covers unlimited devices or users accessing the application or database. For instance, if your server has (2) Intel Xeon E5-1620 processors, and each processor contains 4 cores, then you will have to cover 8 cores with 4 SQL Server 2017 Standard 2 Core Licenses.
The Core licensing model of SQL Server 2017 Standard helps you to cover an unlimited number of devices and/or users accessing the database without an additional cost. The users or devices won’t need any special licenses to be able to access the server database. Thus, it enables you to grow your business without additional Server access costs even when you add new employees or new devices into the system. You will only need additional Server licenses when you upgrade your existing Core licenses server into a newer server version, for instance, from SQL 2016 to SQL 2017.
Linux compatibility and integration has been improved in SQL Server 2017 Standard 2 Core, and the compatibility has become more seamless. Thus, this version SQL Server solution allows cross Operating System migrations and testing.
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