OK, about my previous post…

This post about killer bunnies came from the fact that I am completely brain dead from trying to figure out which version of Microsoft SQL I need to buy for an Enterprise application.

image Look at this image – I have no idea what it’s telling me.  I think I need the Standard Edition, but going there brings me to MORE choices!

Anyway, it gave me a headache, so I started reading blogs and saw the Violent Acres post with the silly little song on the end of it… and added a bit to it.

That’s all.  Not getting all twisted on you or anything (although reading Violent Acres may MAKE you twisted!)

Now, back to trying to figure out WTF to buy!


Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Pricing The following table provides pricing for SQL Server 2005 with both retail pricing and example pricing for each licensing model (processor, server plus user CAL and server plus device CAL).

Microsoft SQL Server: How to Buy Microsoft SQL Server


  1. @AI: Is this the same AI who was the first one to kiss Rory on video? Kewl! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. @AI – Thanks – I may just call you in a couple hours – once you’ve had time to get your latte fix ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Hi Rob,

    It sounds like you’ve made the right decision with going with the Standard Edition (considering costs and the growth of the data you anticipate). Is there anything else specifically you’d need help with to validate your decision about going with this edition?

    Email me (or better yet call me ๐Ÿ˜‰ if you want to chat about stuff. ta,


  4. @Deannie – thanks – I need a version that I can eventually upgrade to a multi-proc version. I expect to have a moderate sized dataset (think LinkedIn size, not MySpace Sized). But I am also interested in keeping it reasonalbly priced now – if we get the growth that we expect, then the cost of the database is no longer a big issue ๐Ÿ™‚

    For now, I installed the 180 day trial of the Standard edition. I figure I MAY be able to figure this out within 180 days! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  5. Dang, the Enterprise edition is amazingly expensive. But I am sure the feature set is what is most important. Any more, I am only looking at migrating to 64 bit servers for any new projects, FWIW.