SQL Server 2012 Standard - 2 Core License - Unlimited Clients Download Edition is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud, backed by mission critical confidence. It gives you basic data management and business intelligence capabilities for non-critical workloads with minimal IT resources.
This item is for the SQL Server license with CALs and will include your software.
Choose the Version of SQL Server That's Right For You
*Please see Microsoft's licensing documentation for more information on licensing SQL Server 2012.
SQL Standard vs SQL Enterprise
SQL Server Standard is ideal for smaller to medium sized businesses. SQL Server Standard supports 64 GB of memory (per instance of SQL Server Database Engine). It allows for a maximum relational database size up to 524 PB. And has a per instance maximum compute capacity of 4 sockets or 16 cores.
SQL Server Enterprise is geared toward medium to enterprise sized businesses who are looking for high performance and scalability. SQL Server Enterprise supports as much memory per instance as the operating system supports. It allows for a maximum relational database size up to 524 PB. And has a per instance maximum compute capacity equal to the operating system maximum.
CALs or Cores Which Should You Choose?
CALs are ideal when you have a limited amount of clients and don't anticipate that number to increase very much. If you have a large number of clients and/or you are expecting your clients to increase considerably you should consider Cores. If you would like a more in depth comparison please see here.