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SQL Server 2022 Enterprise (per CAL)

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Software type:
used perpetual
Variant: digital certificate
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Individual offer

  • Transferable (online activation)
  • For 1 server
  • No expiration date
  • Up to 20 cores per SQL Server instance
  • Pricing depends on core-to-user ratio
Product type:
full version; possibly upgraded by maintenance agreement with copyright holder
Distribution type:
volume (OLP, EA or similar); digital certificate
Used software:
yes; we deliver all required documents in accordance with EU laws
Valid for:
Installation method:
installation from the manufacturer's installation file (we provide a link for downloading the file)
64 bit
End of support:
mainstream support: 11.01.2028, extended support: 11.01.2033
  • Software certificate
  • Documentation in accordance with the EU laws
  • Confirmation of purchase (invoice)
  • Installation file to download
x64; 1.4 GHz
Hard disk space:
6 GB
Operating system:
Windows 10; Windows Server 2016, 2019, Windows 11, Windows Server 2022
Screen resolution:
800×600 or higher

SQL Server 2022 Enterprise (per CAL)

Licensing details

Server per CAL availability

Recent versions of SQL Server Enterprise are only available in a per core licensing model, but we can still offer the latest version of SQL Server as a per CAL product.

How is it possible?

With the introduction of SQL Server 2012, the Enterprise edition was removed from the Server + CAL licensing model and newer SQL server licenses are no longer available for direct purchase. However, customers who purchased SQL Server Enterprise 2008 with an active Software Assurance (SA) coverage could continue to renew the SA on Enterprise edition servers and make an upgrade to the latest SQL Server software. Due to this fact, there’s a limited amount of such products available on the market.

How does Server per CAL licensing work?

With a Server per CAL licensing model, a license has to be assigned to the physical server hosting any operating system environment (OSE) that runs SQL Server and an individual SQL Server CAL must be acquired for each user or device that accesses the server. 

Note: A CAL is required for every user or device; this SQL Server option is not based on concurrent connections, so even if only 5 out of 20 users access the server at any given time, you would still need 20 CALs to have them properly licensed.

When is Enterprise 2022 per CAL a better option than per core?

The Enterprise per CAL licensing model is a great choice for you, if:

  1. you know the exact number of users/devices (and administrators) accessing the server, and
  2. you don’t have an excessive number of users/devices accessing it – the Server + CAL model is more economical up to a certain number of users/devices (see: comparison table).
Optimal cost efficiency is
achieved at the following values:
number of
max. number of
users / devices
4 60
8 120
12 190
16 260
20 330


As shown in the table above, SQL Server 2022 Enterprise per CAL can be useful in implementation scenarios based on the overall number of users/devices who will access it. For some projects, it can be more advantageous than per core licensing.


8 cores and 100 users → SQL Server 2022 per CAL is cheaper.
8 cores and 150 users → SQL Server 2022 per core is cheaper.
12 cores and 150 users → SQL Server 2022 per CAL is cheaper.

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