Microsoft SQL FAQ

What is Microsoft SQL Server 2014?

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is the first major update to the SQL Server 2012 codebase, with a focus on new technologies like In Memory Database, designed to provide vastly improved performance for customers with highly transactional data needs.

What is Microsoft SQL Server 2012?

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 was Microsoft’s new SQL server code base, designed for mission critical databases and end-to-end business intelligence, with cloud-ready technologies and solutions.

What is Microsoft SQL 2008 R2?

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 provides you with a cost-effective solution for scalable, high-performance websites and applications. SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard and Web editions provide a seamless solution upgrade path for a range of organisational needs and budgets.

When would I use Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 or SQL 2012/2014 Standard Edition?

Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 and SQL 2012/2014 Standard Edition delivers a complete data management and business intelligence platform that is ideal for departmental and small organisation line-of-business applications. It offers high performance, reliability, security and manageability—even for customers with limited IT resources.

When would I use Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 or SQL 2012/2014 Web Edition?

Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 and SQL 2012/2014 Web Edition are designed for companies who need to support public facing, high availability websites and applications. It offers the needed balance of availability, scalability, and manageability at a low total cost of ownership.

What are the differences between Microsoft SQL Server Standard and Web Editions?

Check out Microsoft’s “Compare Microsoft SQL Server Editions” for a full listing of features by edition.

How much does each edition cost?

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012/2014 images are available on 2GB and higher Cloud Servers. For 2GB - 15GB server sizes, add 45p/hour for SQL Standard Edition or add 4p/hour for SQL Web Edition. For 30GB server size, add 68p/hour for SQL Standard Edition and 6p/hour for SQL Web Edition.

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