SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is Free From Now

As a DBA or Developers it is important to have a SQL Server instance to be able to install and use it to understand the working and usage for the applications. So far, DBAs mostly rely on the free Evaluation edition of SQL Server provided by the Microsoft team. This Evaluation edition expires after 180 days, after which we need to purchase a license and upgrade the Evaluation edition to licensed edition depending on our requirement. Microsoft offers different editions for different purposes, like Enterprise edition for important and critical production applications, Standard edition for less critical applications to reduce the cost of the licensing, Developer edition specifically for developers for development and unit testing the applications before moving to production environment. Previously, most developers preferred buying developer edition as the cost is less and is is specifically released for the purpose and it consists of all features available in enterprise edition and also it could be easily upgraded to enterprise edition if required.

Starting with SQL Server 2014, Microsoft has made a decision to make the SQL Server developer edition free of cost for the developers through Visual Studio Dev Essentials members. Once you login as Visual Studio Dev Essentials members, you will be able to download the SQL Server Developer edition and use it for free of cost. This decision was taken inorder for developers to leverage the capabilities that SQL Server 2014 and higher has to offer for their applications and also this is considered as another step for making SQL Server more accessible to the users which helps in spreading the SQL Server in more companies. However, it is important to keep in mind that SQL Server Developer Edition is still specifically for development and testing purposes only, and not to be used in production environments or not to be used with any production data.

Few important things to keep in mind are below.
– This only includes SQL Server Developer Edition and does not include Operating System license or license for any other products.
– SQL Server 2016 developer edition is also will be made available free under same program and this will mostly be continued with the future releases of SQL Server.

In case you are not part of Visual Studio Dev Essentials members, then you may either buy SQL Server developer edition or can try other options available in the market like SQL Server Evaluation edition. If the application is small and not so critical, you may even choose trying SQL Server Express edition. Hope you will get your free developer edition and explore the new features available like InMemory OLTP and other features.

Hope this was helpful.

This is applicable for below versions of SQL Server

SQL Server 2014
SQL Server 2016

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Changes to Editions and Components of SQL Server 2014

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 software Editions are categorized into different sets based on the features offered mentioned as below.
Principal Edition(Enterprise, Business Intelligence, Standard Edition) – The premium offering, SQL Server 2014 Enterprise version conveys extensive top of the line datacenter abilities with bursting quick execution, boundless virtualization, and end-to-end business insight.
Specialized editions(Web Edition) – SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence version conveys extensive stage enabling associations to manufacture and convey secure, adaptable and sensible BI arrangements.
Breadth editions(Developer, Express Edition) – SQL Server 2014 Standard version conveys essential information administration and business brainpower database for offices and little associations to run their applications and backings basic advancement devices for on-reason and cloud

On an Internet server, for example, a server that is running Internet Information Services (IIS), you will normally introduce the SQL Server customer instruments. Customer apparatuses incorporate the customer network segments utilized by an application uniting with an example of SQL Server. You can introduce simply the SQL Server customer segments on a PC that is running customer/server applications that associate specifically to a case of SQL Server. A customer segments establishment is likewise a decent choice in the event that you direct an example of SQL Server on a database server, or on the off chance that you plan to create SQL Server applications.

Below are the SQL Server Components which can be installed with the SQL Server media.
SQL Server Database Engine
Analysis Services
Reporting Services
Integration Services
Master Data Services

Along with SQL Server services, there are also additional tools that can be installed to management and development purposes. Below are some of the components that can be installed on SQL Server box or on application servers or remote servers.
SQL Server Management Studio
SQL Server Configuration Manager
SQL Server Profiler
Database Engine Tuning Advisor
Data Quality Client
SQL Server Data Tools
Connectivity Components
SQL Server Books Online

Hope this was helpful.

This is applicable for below versions of SQL Server

SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2014


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