Windows Server 2008r2 and SQL Server 2008r2 End-of-Life End-of-Support coming soon

Windows Server 2008r2 and SQL Server 2008r2 will be END OF SUPPORT soon. This means no more security updates. SQL Server 2008/R2 supports ends July 2019 and Windows Server 2008R2 support ends January 2020.

Contact us to migrate from Windows Server 2008r2 to 2016 at no charge!

SQL Server Express Edition

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 2016, 2017 and 2019 versions. SQL Web Edition is a cheaper option for public and internet accessible web pages.

Microsoft SQL Server 2017,2019 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 https://www.riptidehosting.com/SQL-Server-Hosting.aspx for additional information. Links below to download SQL Server Express.

LINK TO DOWNLOAD SQL 2019 EXPRESS: Scroll down on this page to Express SQL 2019 Express (scroll down in link)  Direct download SQL 2019 Express

COMPARISON OF SQL SERVER 2019 EDITIONS  SQL Server 2019 Edition Comparison

One important change for SQL 2019 is that TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) is available in the Standard Edition of SQL Server 2019 instead of only in Enterprise Edition (not available in Express). Always Encrypted (since SQL 2016 SP1) is available in all editions including Express. These can be complimentary encryption technologies.

SQL SERVER 2019 HARDWARE & SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS  SQL Server 2019 Software and Hardware Requirements

FOR 2017: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-editions-express
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 ON COMPARISON OF SQL SERVER 2017 EDITIONS  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017-editions

If you need more features and power than what SQL Server Express provides, contact us for pricing on SQL Standard, Web and Enterprise Editions.  We can provide SQL Server 2019 or SQL Server 2017 (2016) on a monthly basis via MS Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) with a much lower cost than you purchasing perpetual volume licensing.