We are often asked by our clients if they can load SQL Server Express on their hosted server and where can they download it from. Yes, it is available as a free download. Below is a quick summary of SQL Express. Riptide Hosting also offers monthly licensing options for SQL licensing for Web Edition, Standard and Enterprise including 2008R2, 2012, 2014 and 2016 versions. SQL Web Edition is a cheaper option for public and internet accessible web pages.
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Express is a free version of SQL Server that is ideal for many web & small environments. SQL Server Express has certain restrictions such as a 10 GB database size. The express edition does have some reporting services features included. See our SQL Server Hosting page at http://www.riptidehosting.com/SQL-Server-Hosting.aspx for additional information. Links below to download SQL Server Express.
FOR 2016: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54284
FOR 2014: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn434042.aspx
FOR 2012: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29062
LINK TO DOWNLOAD SQL 2016 EXPRESS https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54284
LINK ON COMPARISON OF SQL SERVER 2016 EDITIONS https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2016-editions
If you need more features and power than what SQL Server 2016 Express provides, contact us for pricing on SQL 2016 Standard, Web and Enterprise Editions. We can provide SQL Server 2016 on a monthly basis via MS SPLA with a much lower cost than you purchasing perpetual volume licensing.