SQL Server Support Life Cycle and Hosting Rules

Customers will increasingly find themselves wedged between support life cycles that limit how long they can run a product and licensing terms that clearly favor Azure. SQL Server 2019, the latest version of SQL Server shown at the top of the chart, is already encumbered by the new dedicated hosting rules that favor Azure over Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Alibaba.

The three highlighted versions in the center of the chart have both a good support runway and licenses that are not encumbered with poor dedicated hosting rules.

Become a DOM member or log in to read the full report