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Is SQL Server Licensing Confusing and You Just Don’t Have the Time to Gather All the Data to Figure it Out?


Don’t worry we’ve got your back. This is exactly why we created the SQL Server Licensing Self-Assessment Tool. For some organizations the amount of data, trying to figure out how to stitch data together from multiple tool sets and even just knowing where to start is overwhelming. Our SQL Server self-assessment is perfect if you are looking for someone to do the work and provide you with guidance and the results.

How does a SQL Server Licensing Self Assessment work?


What You Need to Know

Our SQL Server Self-Assessment is designed to give you peace of mind. We do all the heavy lifting. In a typical engagement like this, your IT department would be required to assist with running reports from inventory tools and you would need to provide us with license entitlement data, but we do the rest.

You Provide us With the Inventory Report From Your Tools

Whether you have SCCM, Altrius, or another inventory tool, we show you how to get the right report and data out of the tool that is required. Your team pulls these reports (typically less than an hour’s time) and uploads them to our portal. The rest is handled by our team.

Your License Position is Created by our Licensing Experts

Our licensing experts have created algorithms and logic strings to make sure that you license SQL Server correctly. When we create a license position, we always take two different views:

1. How would an auditor view your data?

2. How should your license position be optimized?

We provide you with the necessary justification to ensure that assumptions from an auditor do not cost you unnecessarily and how you can defend yourself during an audit if required.


We’ll Create a Report & Next Steps to Refine Your License Position

SQL Server is the most complex product from Microsoft to license. This is why SAM tools do not provide accurate license positions for SQL Server and require manual manipulation. Some of this is from bad data quality (e.g. No versions of SQL Server in Inventory tools), but a lot of it is due to the complexity and number of variations on licensing that you can do with SQL. Just think, you have Server/CAL, Processor, Core, Development, Virtualization rules, and so much more. Where the data is lacking, we will provide a plan to fill in the gaps and work with you to continue to refine your license position.


What You Get With our SQL Server Self Assessment

    • A dedicated Microsoft Licensing Expert to manage your account
    • Access to our data experts to help validate and assemble Server Data
    • Videos to show you how to create a report that capture all the inventory information you require from tools you likely already have in place (such as SCCM, Altris, etc.)
    • Access to a library of videos that talk about gathering inventory, SQL Server Licensing rules, how to use the tools, and our self-serve portal
    • Two Estimated License Positions with detailed explanations from our experts:
      • How an auditor views your data (often it’s not good)
      • An optimized ELP with positions on how to defend yourself during an audit
    • Unlimited access to our Licensing Experts to review your ELP and provide our expert guidance during your engagement
    • We offer a one-time self assessment (typically done in 6 to 8 weeks) or ongoing service (quarterly, semi-annual or annual)
    • 30 days of follow up support to answer questions once your project is complete

Meet Rawia Safi, One of our

Microsoft Licensing Experts

The only thing Rawia loves more than SQL Server Licensing is helping

companies like yours save money on those licenses.

Rawia has been with the MetrixData 360 team for 6 years now.  She has worked with some of the largest companies in the world.  You will fall in love with Rawia as our other customers have. She will become as passionate about your business as she is about ours.

Rawia says “no two customer IT infrastructure is alike and that’s why I always approach each customer like they are my first.  You don’t want to make the mistake of making assumptions and missing something. The deeper I get to know my clients and their environments the better the results I get for them.”


Here are two of our favorite success stories:

[popup_trigger id=”10173″ tag=”h4″ classes=”sqlpopup1″]Data Information Provider saves over $2M on SQL Licensing not once but twice with MetrixData 360’s help[/popup_trigger]

[popup_trigger id=”10183″ tag=”h4″ classes=”sqlpopup1″]Large Healthcare provider utilizes MetrixData 360 SQL toolset to successfully get a clear SQL License Position[/popup_trigger]


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