An important task for a DBA or DBA Manager is keeping an inventory of every SQL Server instance and understanding the version, edition, and license model used for each. Most of think about the inventory as "stuff we manage" and that's certainly true, but it's also about the real - and often unconsidered - cost of licensing each instance. Picking the right or wrong combination of physical/virtual, number of processors, version, edition, and disaster recovery model can have a big impact on the cost of licensing, a cost that usually far exceeds the cost of the hardware it runs on.
This presentation will start with a review of the versions of SQL Server that are supported today, the editions available for SQL Server 2014, and then go into the details of licensing terms and options for physical, virtual, and cloud environments. We'll wrap up by talking about the need to have a solid request and provisioning process so that costs and capabilities are managed as well as your options for monitoring and truing up your inventory to find those "departmental servers" that still show up all too often.
Andy Warren is a SQL Server consultant based in Orlando. A founding member of SQLServerCentral.com, President of the Orlando SQL Server Users Group, and one of the founders of SQLSaturday. He has been an MVP since 2009 and has written and presented extensively SQL Server. Andy blogs at www.sqlandy.com, is on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/sqlandy, and is occasionally on Twitter as @SQLAndy.
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