Licensing Rules May Favor SQL Server Enterprise

Three editions of SQL Server 2012 are typically deployed by organizations, with Enterprise edition containing the entire set of features, while Business Intelligence edition and Standard edition each provide a decreasing subset. Traditionally, organizations base purchase decisions primarily on the technical features of each product edition. However, licensing factors may sometimes compel customers to buy more expensive Enterprise licenses, even though they intend to run SQL workloads that could be adequately handled by Business Intelligence edition or Standard edition.

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