Microsoft SQL Server in AWS – what to consider for a cost-efficient setup?

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If you’re thinking of migrating your existing Microsoft SQL Server environments to AWS, or just starting up fresh, there are a number of things that we must consider for a cost-effective setup.

The most cost-efficient setup for Microsoft SQL Server in AWS will depend on several factors, including the specific needs and requirements of your organization, the workloads that you will be running on SQL Server, and the type of AWS resources that you will be using.

One option that can provide cost savings for Microsoft SQL Server in AWS is to use the AWS Relational Database Service (RDS) for SQL Server. RDS is a managed service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale SQL Server in the cloud. RDS offers a number of cost-saving features, such as the ability to scale your database up or down based on demand, and the ability to easily migrate your existing SQL Server databases to the cloud.

Another cost-efficient option is to use AWS Elastic Beanstalk to deploy and manage your SQL Server applications. Elastic Beanstalk is a fully managed service that simplifies the process of deploying and scaling web applications in the cloud. It provides a number of cost-saving features, such as the ability to automatically scale your applications based on demand, and the ability to easily integrate with other AWS services.

Overall, the most cost-efficient setup for Microsoft SQL Server in AWS will depend on your specific needs and requirements. By carefully selecting the right AWS services and configuring them to meet your needs, you can optimize the cost-efficiency of your SQL Server setup in the cloud.

Licensing in AWS

Microsoft SQL Server can be licensed in AWS using a variety of different licensing models, depending on the specific needs and requirements of your organization.

One option is to use the pay-as-you-go licensing model, which allows you to pay for SQL Server on an hourly basis based on the usage of the database. This option is available for both SQL Server Standard and SQL Server Enterprise editions, and can provide flexibility and cost savings for organizations with varying workloads or unpredictable usage patterns.

Another option is to use the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model, which allows you to use your existing SQL Server licenses in AWS. This option is available for both on-premises licenses and licenses purchased through the Microsoft Volume Licensing program. With BYOL, you can use your existing licenses to run SQL Server in the cloud, and only pay for the underlying AWS infrastructure, such as the compute, storage, and networking resources used by your SQL Server instances.

Overall, there are several options for licensing Microsoft SQL Server in AWS, and the best choice will depend on your specific needs and requirements. By carefully selecting the right licensing model, you can ensure that you are using SQL Server in a cost-efficient and compliant manner in the cloud.

How can Licenseware help

Licenseware has developed several applications for managing Microsoft licensing both on-prem and in the cloud.

Microsoft Deployment Manager

The Microsoft Deployment Manager (MDM) is an app that processes software and hardware data related to Microsoft on-premise and cloud product deployments and, via automation, converts that raw data from various sources into complete licensing requirement reports with detailed evidence and analysis logs.

Cloud Migration Manager

The ideal tool for assessing your cloud migration costs for Windows Server and SQL Server in AWS. Automate pre & post-cloud migration license analysis for Windows and SQL Server in AWS and to better understand your current spend vs. AWS dedicated host and shared instances.

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