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.
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.