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MS SQL Server licensing recommendations for SolarWinds products

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Overview

This article lists SolarWinds' recommendations on Microsoft SQL Server licensing options for SolarWinds products.

DISCLAIMER: THE CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE ARE PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND REPRESENT SOLARWINDS’ INTERPRETATION OF MICROSOFT SQL SERVER 2014 LICENSING GUIDE FOR YOUR REFERENCE ONLY. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LICENSING TERMS OR STRUCTURE MAY CHANGE AND/OR DIFFER BETWEEN VERSIONS AND THAT THE LICENSING GUIDE MAY BE UPDATED BY MICROSOFT AT ANY TIME.  YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW THE MICROSOFT LCIENSING GUIDE AS YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LICENSING OF MICROSOFT PRODUCTS.  IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT YOUR MICROSOFT SQL SERVER LICENSING TERMS, PLEASE CONTACT MICROSOFT OR A LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR OR RESELLER FOR FURTHER CLARITY.

Environment

Orion Core products

Detail

SolarWinds Orion Platform products require a licensed Microsoft SQL Server database. Microsoft licenses SQL Server through Client Access Licensing (CAL) or per core. With respect to SolarWinds Orion Platform, you may choose from three licensing options:

  1. License per core.
  2. License by user CAL.
    Example: You have a five-person IT team who will be using Orion NPM. This scenario requires 5 user CALs.
  3. License by device CAL.
    Example: SolarWinds Orion NPM and NTA are installed on the same server and you also have one additional poller somewhere else. This scenario requires two device CALs: one for the NPM polling engine and another for the additional polling engine.

Considering these three possible licensing options will help you find the most cost-effective SQL Server licensing method for your environment.

Note: The following SolarWinds products do not use Microsoft SQL server:

  • SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (previously Hyper9 Virtualization Manager)
  • ipMonitor
  • Kiwi Syslog
  • Kiwi CatTools
  • Network Topology Manager
  • Log & Event Manager
  • Storage Manager
  • Toolset (Engineer's or Standard)
  • Firewall Security Manager​
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22:43, 22 Jun 2016

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