In this article I will explain what the term Edition in relation to SQL Server and do a high level comparison which might help you get a better understanding and make a better choice.
For the purpose of this article I will use SQL Server 2014 which is similar to 2012 and I make notes about changes as editions where slightly different in SQL Server 2008 R2 and earlier versions.
What is Edition?
Let's start basics. What does it mean when we say Edition? In previous article I explained the term SQL Server Version so if we have a particular Version for instance SQL Server 2014. Edition is essentially an offer that allows you to use either full feature or only a certain number of features. This allow Microsoft to set high price tag for full featured version for production server and offer cheaper editions with fewer features or make them available for free.
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