For the past 3 years (since 2014), I have been living in the denial when it comes to Database (SQL Server) Licensing.
No resources in the company would open this discussion / training – perhaps there’s nothing to teach about the licensing, nor anyone possess this knowledge want to held accountable for mistakes.
In my customer facing role, have avoided the topic, and asked help from superior, he worked out the investment value at the back office, and I could only provide a blanket answer – there must be a better way.
It’s true, answer is just google away.
To understand the structure of the licensing.
There are 3 Edition, I will focus on Standard Edition.
The editions are offered in a straightforward, tiered model that creates greater consistency across the product editions, features and licensing. Enterprise Edition includes all the capabilities available in SQL Server 2014. Business Intelligence Edition includes Standard Edition capabilities, plus all BI capabilities included in Enterprise Edition.