Similar to the previous version, SQL Server 2014 is available in three principal editions. All three editions have tighter alignment than their predecessors and were designed to meet the needs of almost any customer. Each edition comes in a 32-bit and 64-bit version. The principal editions, as predecessors and were designed to meet the needs of almost any customer. Each edition comes in a 32-bit and 64-bit version. The principal editions, as shown in Figure, are the following:
The main editions of SQL Server 2014.
The Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2014 is the uppermost SKU and is considered the premium offering. It is designed to meet the highest demands of large-scale data centers and data warehouse solutions by providing mission-critical performance and availability for tier 1 applications and the ability to deploy private-cloud, highly virtualized environments and large, centralized, or external-facing business-intelligence solutions.
Note The Datacenter edition included in the previous version of SQL Server is now retired. However, all capabilities of the Datacenter edition are in the Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2014.
The Enterprise Edition features include the following:
Standard edition The Standard edition is a data-management platform tailored toward departmental databases and limited business-intelligence applications that are typically appropriate for medium-class solutions, smaller organizations, or departmental solutions. It does not include all the bells and whistles of the Enterprise and Business Intelligence editions, although it continues to offer best-in-class manageability and ease of use. Compared with the Enterprise and Business Intelligence editions, the Standard edition supports up to 16 cores and includes the following features:
The Business Intelligence edition offers organizations the full suite of powerful BI capabilities, such as scalable reporting and analytics, Power View, and PowerPivot. It is tailored toward organizations that need corporate business intelligence and self-service capabilities but does not require the full online transactional processing (OLTP) performance and scalability found in the Enterprise edition. Here is a high-level list of what the Business Intelligence edition includes:
Above and beyond the three principal editions of SQL Server 2014, Microsoft continues to deliver specialized editions for organizations that have a unique set of requirements. Some examples include the following:
The Developer edition includes all the features and functionality found in the Enterprise edition; however, it is meant strictly for the purpose of development, testing, and demonstration. Note that you can transition a SQL Server Developer installation directly to production (without reinstallation) by upgrading it to SQL Server 2014 Enterprise.
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Available at a much more affordable price than the Enterprise and Standard editions, the SQL Server 2014 Web edition is focused on service providers hosting Internet-facing web services environments. Unlike the Express edition, this edition doesn’t have database size restrictions, it supports four processors, and supports up to 64 GB of memory. SQL Server 2014 Web edition does not offer the same premium features found in the Enterprise and Standard editions, but it still remains the ideal platform for hosting websites and web applications.
This free edition is the best entry-level alternative for independent software vendors, non-professional developers, and hobbyists building client applications. Individuals learning about databases or learning how to build client applications will find that this edition meets all their needs. In a nutshell, this edition is limited to one processor and 1 GB of memory, and it can have a maximum database size of 10 GB. Also, Express is integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio.
Note: To compare the different editions of SQL Server 2014 based on their key capabilities, review “Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2014” at
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc645993(v=sql.120).aspx and https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms144275(v=sql.120).aspx.
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