Standard Edition comes with 2 Licensing Model.
- Licensed by Core – this refers to your server hardware specification.
in the guidebook, look for Database Engine (DBE) Capacity Limits.
- Licensed by Server + CAL – this refers to number of user.
The following indicate the Database Engine (DBE) Capacity Limits for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – Standard Edition.
- 4 Socket or 16 Core CPU;
- 128 GB Memory.
If your hardware specification has exceeded the DBE Capacity for standard edition, you should purchase the Enterprise Edition – which also have 2 licensing model.
As per the Licensing Guide, Enterprise Edition can utilize the OS Maximum Memory capacity; CPU capacity equals to 20 core, or more – up to the OS Maximum capacity.