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Microsoft SQL Server - PAYG

Product Overview

Since its initial release Microsoft SQL Server has come a long way, imposing itself as an industry standard with an impressive security track record.

Between the various database management software options available, Microsoft SQL Server is still one of the most powerful ones to date, and Microsoft has consistently kept up with the latest technology by releasing frequent updates the most recent being 2019.

Microsoft SQL Server 2019 builds on previous releases introducing several new features like e.g. Big Data Clusters for SQL Server.

The update also provides the additional capability and improvements for the SQL Server database engine, SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL Server Machine Learning Services, SQL Server on Linux, and SQL Server Master Data Services.


  • Rich server components: SQL Server is a solid RDMS engine that comes with all the essential services of a modern RDBMS - Engine, Analysis and Reporting Services, Machine Learning extensions as well as Integration and Master Data Services.
  • Included management tools: embedded is the SQL Server Management Studio and the SQL Server Configuration Manager to get out the most of the setup along with additional tuning, quality, profiling tools.
  • High resource limits: up to 24 cores or 128 GB memory with the Standard version make most applications in reach of the compute capacity.

Editor Details

Microsoft is a global software editor and provider of a full ecosystem of server and application components. Microsoft products are available at Exoscale with on-demand usage model or as BYOL model for certain products.

Maintainer Details

Exoscale throughout its core IaaS offering maintains a comprehensive set of base images for various Linux, Windows and BSD based images that are commonly deployed and used by developers and sysadmins of software teams. The images are built via automated processes and are provided as close as possible as the original Editor image, including only the additional configuration items for a first class Exoscale integration: authentication, networking and contextualization.

Version Details

Microsoft SQL Server is available in the following versions:

  • 2019 Standard on Windows 2019
  • 2017 Standard on Windows 2016


The SQL Server templates are offered in a PAYG - Pay as You Go - model. The total end customer pricing is the sum of the pure IaaS price according to the Exoscale price information including Windows and the Monthly license cost for SQL Server.

  • Licensing is per CPU pair and established on a monthly basis.
  • Licensing is charged with a minimum of 2xCPU pairs (i.e. 4 CPU cores minimum) per instance, making the Exoscale Standard Large instance the minimum recommended instance profile to run this software.
Version Base OS CPU Cores Minimum Recommended Instance Type Price per month
SQL Server 2019 Standard Windows 2019 per 2 Large 247.01 CHF/EUR/USD Deploy
SQL Server 2017 Standard Windows 2016 per 2 Large 247.01 CHF/EUR/USD Deploy

Usage & Technical Prerequisites

SQL Server Standard is scalable to 24 cores and 128 GB of memory. Other limits apply.

Technical Documentation

Exoscale SQL Server template is built upon the default Microsoft Windows Server template and benefits from the same features regarding the operating system layer such as:

  • Cloud-init support for contextualisation
  • Password reset
  • WINRM remote management
  • RDP management behind full firewall protection

Learn how to get started using the Windows Template in our documentation For technical limitations, please see the official vendor documentation.

Service and Support

  • For issues related to the template (eg.: build issues, version issues, interaction with the underlying infrastructure, etc.), the customer needs to contact the template maintainer: Exoscale support desk
  • For issues related to the infrastructure (eg.: account management, virtual machine issues, etc.) the customer needs to contact Exsocale: Exoscale support desk

Terms of Service

By using this product, you agree to terms and conditions according to the Microsoft end user license agreement (EULA).