Editions of MSSQL Server: What are the differences between various Editions of Microsoft SQL Server

MSSQL Server editions

When asked to run projects that utilize MSSQL as the database engine with the least cost, then you should be able to select from the various Editions of MSSQL that serves your need.

This decision is based on your environment and what the project (task entails). See the following explanations below for the right Edition to use. See the following article on how to uninstall Microsoft SQL Server on Windows 10 and Windows Server and how to install Microsoft SQL Server 2019 and MsSQL Command line tools on Ubuntu Linux.

Five editions of MSSQL

  • Express: This is the most basic of all SQL Server editions. It’s free to use in production, which makes it the best choice for independent software vendors, whose clients can’t afford the cost of a SQL Server license.
  • Developer: This edition has all the features of the Enterprise edition, but cannot be used in production environments.
  • Web: This edition is between the Standard and Express editions. It has features that Web hosting companies and Web VAPs can offer their customers to provide scalability, affordability, and manageability capabilities for small to large scale web properties.
  • Enterprise: This is the most complete edition of all. With this edition, you have unlimited virtualization and high service levels for the mission-critical workload.
  • Standard: This edition enables database management with minimal IT resources.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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