SQL 2008 Licensing questions

Hey guys,

We have a 2008 SQL server, we are going to have about 250 users connect to run an app.

What is the most cost effective solution on licensing?
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Per physical processor.

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Cobra25Author Commented:
Is there a way to license by ram?
Not sure what you mean.

The licensing mode is per user/device using calls, or by processor meaning unlimited users with SQL bound to one physical processor.

Ram consumption is based on the activity/size of the DB as well as the supported Ram based on OS and SQL .and bit (32 or 64 bit)
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Cobra25Author Commented:
I was hoping there was another way to license and by ram instead

I thought I read you could somewhere
Ram is implicated based on the OS i.e. ENT 64 can handle a couple of TB ram, standard 64 ...while 32 bit......

This is a OS limit not a licensing. The SQL or other applications are either cal or processor based licensing.
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverCommented:
you can buy CPU licence for Sql server.
Cobra25Author Commented:
Hua, do you know the cost breakdown?
See if the link provides you info, using volume licensing you might get a better deal.


Or get a range in cost.
HuaMin ChenProblem resolverCommented:


and you can buy the current version licence, while you have the option to use older versions of Sql server.
Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
Also, it's always good to check to see if your app vendor offers a free backoffice license to SQL.  Everyone we've ever shelled out support for, did.  It's basically an agreement where you agree to not use SQL for anything but the app.
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
With 250 users I'ld go for process license mode.
There's no RAM licensing mode but only RAM limitations based in the product Edition and/or architecture of the hardware.
Chris HInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
SQL 2008 & 2012 Max Memory:
Datacenter      Operating system maximum
Enterprise      2 TB
Developer      Operating system maximum
Standard      64 GB
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