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I need to buy a bunch of boxes with SQL 2008 licenses and some of the developers are saying we have to get Enterprise.  I'm looking through the licensing and I'm not sure what's the major difference between Standard,  Web and Enterprise.  Admittedly I haven't dealt with it since SQL 2000.  Is it just me or is it getting more obtuse?  (that's not my question)  The descriptions in http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/e/6/1e68f92c-f334-4517-b610-e4dee946ef91/2008%20SQL%20Licensing%20Overview%20final.docx seem to just be a bunch of buzzwords that don't really describe the technical differences between them.

I know we won't be using Express or Workgroup, but what's the major difference between Enterprise, Web and Standard?
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>>I need to buy a bunch of boxes with SQL 2008 licenses and some of the developers are saying we have to get Enterprise. <<
Of course they would:  They are not paying for it.  You need to evaluate why exactly you need the license.  For example if this is a license in order to support a high volume website then certainly Enterprise may be an option.  If on the other hand this is a license for a developer to create some Stored Procedures then you may find the Developer Edition makes more sense (the main difference between the Developer and Enterprise Edition is that the Developer Edition cannot be installed used in  Production environment)  But there are a whole host of variations and a few appropriate editions to go with them between Express, Developer, Workgroup, Standard, Enterprise, etc.

See here:
Choose the Right Edition for Your Needs
http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/editions.aspx
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Thanks all, looks like standard will cut it for us.
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