Microsoft Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA)

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Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for any database-driven project begins with licensing. As database products have become more sophisticated, so has the licensing that enables users. Where customers once purchased a database license for a specific number of users, increases in capability, power and complexity moved the industry to a per-processor pricing structure.

Most recently, this became even more granular, pricing databases based on the number of processor cores used to run them, with Microsoft® SQL Server® starting at a minimum of four cores.

Given the growing complexity of licensing programs, it’s no wonder many IT professionals consider licensing an expertise unto itself. Customers appreciate the information architect who can knowledgably discuss the implications of various approaches to licensing and help determine which is best for their specific needs. Developing that expertise can often be the deciding factor that helps one IT service provider win new projects over their competition. 

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