Microsoft SQL Server for Cloud Servers Made Easy!

Starting today you can launch a fully licensed copy of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition right from your Cloud Server control panel or through the Cloud Servers API.

SQL Server 2008 R2 provides a secure, scalable and highly available information platform that is fully integrated with Microsoft Office, offers industry leading business intelligence capabilities with a low total cost of ownership.

Now millions of Windows developers have a way to develop on top of the cloud using Microsoft SQL. Couple that with our Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Plug-In and our Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise images and the Rackspace Cloud is now fully ready for application development based on the .NET platform.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition starts at $0.72 per hour in addition to the base Windows Cloud Server utility charges.

Server Prices with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition Windows Cloud Server Hourly Price SQL Server Hourly License Price Total
2GB $0.16 $0.72 $0.88
4GB $0.32 $0.72 $1.04
8GB $0.58 $0.72 $1.30
16GB $1.08 $0.72 $1.80

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition will make life a little easier for those of you looking to take advantage of SQL Server for Cloud Servers for Windows.

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  1. It would be great if you offered the Web edition license at a much lower cost. It provides the functionality necessary for most SMB websites without the cost of standard or enterprise editions.

  2. It’s great to see things like this being added, but not at $634 a month for a 2GB server… I have a quad core 4gb dedicated server (with SQL Server preinstalled) on a 250GB Managed Hosting RAID1 server for a mere 100 more a month. If I wanted to replicate that here, I’d be paying at least a couple of grand.

    Unfortunately, it is way more expensive than I would be willing to pay for a cloud service which is unmanaged. Since we do not get the same level of support for cloud services, the pricing here is unjustified.

  3. Agree with Geekoid. that price is way to high for sql server. heck in 4 moths I could have paid for a processor license. 🙂 why not web edition? the offering from is actually pretty good. a virtual server win2008 (cost of normal server compute etc..) add sql server 2008 web edition +$19 per month 1-4 cores. heck standard edition is $246. That is decent pricing. think about it.

  4. I agree with Geekoid and Todd. I was excited to see that SQL Server was offered until I ran the numbers. The cost is prohibitive for those of us who don’t need Standard licensing. I’ve considered the Cloud Sites SQL Server, but that gets very spending too, if there’s low traffic but a lot of storage needed. I’m eager to move the rest of my hosting to Rackspace, but can’t do that until some options are available at lower cost. Microsoft’s SQL Azure is just $50 for 5GB of space, vs. $250 for the equivalent at Rackspace Cloud. (And I can get a 1GB SQL Azure database for just $10/month.)

    My smaller clients are screaming for solutions at a lower price-point, which “the cloud” is supposed to be the solution for.

  5. My ‘cloud’ servers are currently at where the upcharge for SQL workgroup is only $99/month more. Much easier to swallow than a $634 SQL standard license here.

    I’d love to move to rackspace cloud, but not until there’s another SQL edition offered.


  6. Agreed, SQL 2008 Web Edition option is the perfect choice. No one can pay these kind of figures in todays economy. I have have a hard time getting someone to pay $3

  7. Agreed on the pricing; it’s not workable economics given the cost of owning a license would be met by most customers in the first year.

    As an idea, it’s perhaps 4 or 5 times the price we would consider paying for SQL Standard Edition.

  8. To everyone commenting on the high price: I agree, it’s not an attractive price – but you have the option to create a server and install any version of SQL Server on it, so the solution for those not interested in this offer is quite straightforward.

  9. As a scalable and a rapid solution its a great option to have! Yes there are cheaper alternatives but you have to build them and spend time while your business might be suffering. $55 per day for a 16GB DB server is peanuts compared to the loss of customers and daily sales.

  10. As the comments on this thread repeat the cloud is expected to reduce costs not increase them by a factor of 2 much less 5. Went comparing the relative cost of dedicated servers to cloud pricing there is a cost reduction and a value proposition. The SQL Server pricing is off the chart. I assume Microsoft has a lot to do with that, but I have to believe this model is pricing a large market segment out of the market. Maybe MS or Rackspace thinks the market will just bite the bullet and raise prices. Good luck in that experiment.


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