SQL Server License Assessment

Verify your current SQL Server deployment, usage and license position.

SQL Server License Assessment

Over the last 14 years, SQL Server has evolved, with increasingly more powerful, enterprise-level performance and capabilities. With each new release of SQL Server since 2005 customers have been presented with a variety of licensing changes. Compounded by ever-increasing data needs that only add to this complexity many organisations fail to proactively manage SQL server licensing resulting in challenges such as:

  • Failure to understand where SQL Server is installed, how it’s used and is it licensed.
  • SQL Server licensing creep due to unplanned easy to deploy instances
  • Failure to understand licensing implication when adding new SQL instances
  • Internal pressure to add power or resolve issues quickly can result in the addition of SQL instances without regard for the licensing impact
  • The licensing model for SQL Server has continually changed over the last 14 years and this creates confusion regarding use right
  • SQL Server licensing terms not correctly optimised resulting in overspend and waste

SQL Server License Assessment Process

Initiate Engagement


Align licenses with SQL Server installations

Present data driven insights

The benefits of a SQL Server License Assessment:

To successfully address the many challenges organisations face with respect to SQL Server licensing. Version 1 can work in tandem with your organisation to independently verify its current SQL Server deployment, usage and license position. Our SQL License Assessment will enable your organisation achieve the following benefits:

Reduce risk of license non-compliance
Identify underutilised SQL Servers
Improved governance
Optimise workloads to avoid unnecessary costs
Enable optimised procurement of SQL Server licences
Supports Strategic Planning for Cloud Utilisation

SQL Server Stats

Average 38% under licensed

Based on our experience we have found that on average 38% of SQL Server install positions are either under licensed or in breach of license

Financial risk of £240K

Breach of SQL Server licensing and under licensing can represent a financial risk of £240K and upwards

82% of risks can be mitigated

On average 82% of SQL Server licensing risks can be mitigated at zero licensing cost using various optimisation techniques

Why Version 1?

We will always put the customer first. We are technology agnostic, providing a modular plug & play approach to each set of unique customer requirements. We enable clients to make better, more informed decisions on their software estate; understand the options and make the right decision for you. Our priority is to give the best advice, not just to secure licensing revenue. Our Microsoft Software Asset Management practice includes a seasoned team of professionals with a depth of Microsoft Licensing Optimisation and Software Asset Management experience.

Reduce Cost & Risk
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  • Advice
  • Procurement
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  • Ongoing Staff Education

Version 1 Services

License Audit Consulting
Designed to support organisations who are about to be audited or are in the process of being audited by a software vendor.
Cloud Licensing
Version 1 has been working in the cloud for over a decade equipping our SAM experts with both the knowledge and experience to achieve the benefits of cloud computing, removing ambiguity and delivering certainty on software license compliance.
SAM Managed Services
Enables you to maximise and optimise the value you get from your spend. Ensuring that you have full control of your software license estate and giving confidence in your compliance position

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