Sql Server License

Copper Contributor

Can I use my sql server License in an cloud based server?


Thanks in advance.

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Yes, you can, it's called Azure Hybrid benefit.


Before the link, I will highlight some interesting points:


  • Make detailed calculation. You need to have and keep software assurance, so you need to calculate what option provides the most benefits.
  • If it's a development/test server, you can use a development/test subscription and you don't need to worry about that.
  • The lift-and-shift, creating a VM in Azure, is only the first step for the cloud migration. You need to evolve your application and enable it to use PaaS services.
  • PaaS based on DTU's don't charge license value and are not affected by the hybrid benefit. Include this in your calculation as well.


Hybrid Benefit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/hybrid-benefit/
Azure Dev/Test Subscription: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/dev-test/