Step 1: Choose your licensing and tenancy recommendation - AWS Pricing Calculator

Step 1: Choose your licensing and tenancy recommendation

The AWS Pricing Calculator includes a licensing and tenancy recommendations section. This section of the calculator simplifies the complex Windows Server and SQL Server licensing rules into several inputs, and recommends an AWS tenancy for your workload. In this section, you enter your license details to determine your cost-optimized tenancy qualifications. For more information, see Licensing and tenancy recommendations.

Some variables include:

  • Whether your Windows Server license was purchased before or after October 1, 2019

  • Whether your SQL Server license was purchased before or after October 1, 2019

  • Whether you want to bring your own license (BYOL), or you have active Software Assurance for SQL Server licenses

If you don’t choose a preference for Windows Server or SQL Server, the calculator assumes the LI scenario which will not utilize the existing licenses for cost savings.


                    Console screenshot showing the Licensing and tenancy recommendation
                        section with a recommendation of EC2 dedicated hosts.

Example

This example uses the following options:

  • Microsoft Windows Server License Included

  • Microsoft SQL Server BYOL

    For SQL Server BYOL, you must have active Microsoft Software Assurance associated.

To determine your licensing and tenancy recommendations for this example

  1. In the AWS Pricing Calculator console, clear the Windows Server check box.

  2. Under SQL Server, select both options (the estimate for Windows LI and SQL BYOL licensing model).

  3. Keep the default selection of the shared tenancy.

    You will notice that the recommended tenancy options are Shared and Dedicated Hosts. You can use the Amazon EC2 Dedicated Hosts calculator to estimate Dedicated Host tenancy.


                    Console screenshot showing the Licensing and tenancy recommendation
                        section with Amazon EC2 shared tenancy selected.