Licensing and costing are areas which are better handled by MS licensing experts; all information mentioned in the document has been taken from MS documents present online. Licensing has legal aspects and can change anytime, so, before proceeding, it is highly advised to speak to a MS licensing specialist of your region. Starting from Windows Server , clustering got a huge licensing cost reduction. There is no difference throughout feature support between Windows Server Standard and Datacenter edition; the major difference is that Standard only supports hosting of 2 virtual machines by default , while in Datacenter this is unlimited. You can host more than 2 VMs on Standard, but that will imply an extra cost. The difference in pricing, though, is substantial. SQL Server follows 2 licensing models.
From 1st April , Microsoft made some changes to its donated software programme. Some products are no longer available as donations, but instead are sold as discounted products through Microsoft authorised resellers. SQL Server Standard Edition on core-based licensing is no longer available as a donated product for just an admin fee on Charity Digital Exchange, but instead will be sold as discounted software at a considerably higher price. Both offer exactly the same functionality, so the decision comes down to the cost of each licensing type. To find out which option is more cost-effective for you, check out the graph below.
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