Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Enterprise

Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Enterprise
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Build intelligent, mission-critical applications using a scalable, hybrid database platform that has everything built in—from in-memory performance and advanced security to in-database analytics.

The premium offering, SQL Server Enterprise edition delivers comprehensive high-end datacenter capabilities with blazing-fast performance, unlimited virtualization, and end-to-end business intelligence — enabling high service levels for mission-critical workloads and end user access to data insights.


Scale Limits:





Maximum compute capacity used by a single instance - SQL Server Database Engine1

Operating system maximum

Limited to lesser of 4 sockets or 24 cores

Limited to lesser of 4 sockets or 16 cores

Maximum compute capacity used by a single instance - Analysis Services or Reporting Services

Operating system maximum

Limited to lesser of 4 sockets or 24 cores

Limited to lesser of 4 sockets or 16 cores

Maximum memory for buffer pool per instance of SQL Server Database Engine

Operating System Maximum

128 GB

64 GB

Maximum memory for Columnstore segment cache per instance of SQL Server Database Engine

Unlimited memory

32 GB2

16 GB2

Maximum memory-optimized data size per database in SQL Server Database Engine

Unlimited memory

32 GB2

16 GB2

Maximum memory utilized per instance of Analysis Services

Operating System Maximum

Tabular: 16 GB



Maximum memory utilized per instance of Reporting Services

Operating System Maximum

64 GB

64 GB

Maximum relational database size

524 PB

524 PB

524 PB


  • Stretch Database

  • Always Encrypted

  • Polybase

  • Mobile Reports


  • High availability and disaster recovery

  • Real-time hybrid transactional/analytical processing

  • Security and compliance

  • #1 in price and performance—with massive scale

  • Highest performing data warehouses

  • Corporate business intelligence

  • End-to-end mobile BI on any device

  • Simplify big data

  • In-database advanced analytics

  • Cut storage costs with SQL Server Stretch Database

  • Consistent data platform from on-premises to cloud

  • Easy-to-use tools

System Requirements

Hardware and Software Requirements

The following requirements apply to all installations:



.NET Framework

SQL Server 2016 RC1 and later require .NET Framework 4.6 for the Database Engine, Master Data Services, or Replication. SQL Server 2016 setup automatically installs .NET Framework. You can also manually install .NET Framework from Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 (Web Installer) for Windows.

Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require KB2919355 before installing .NET Framework 4.6.

Network Software

Supported operating systems for SQL Server have built-in network software. Named and default instances of a stand-alone installation support the following network protocols: Shared memory, Named Pipes, TCP/IP and VIA.

Note: Shared memory and VIA are not supported on failover clusters.

Also note that the VIA protocol is deprecated. This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature.

For more information about Network Protocols and Network Libraries, s

Hard Disk

SQL Server requires a minimum of 6 GB of available hard-disk space.

Disk space requirements will vary with the SQL Server components you install. 


A DVD drive, as appropriate, is required for installation from disc.


SQL Server requires Super-VGA (800x600) or higher resolution monitor.


Internet functionality requires Internet access (fees may apply).

Note: Running SQL Server on a virtual machine will be slower than running natively because of the overhead of virtualization.

Processor, Memory, and Operating System Requirements

The following memory and processor requirements apply to all editions of SQL Server:



Memory *


Express Editions: 512 MB

All other editions: 1 GB


Express Editions: 1 GB

All other editions: At least 4 GB and should be increased as database size increases to ensure optimal performance.

Processor Speed

Minimum: x64 Processor: 1.4 GHz

Recommended: 2.0 GHz or faster

Processor Type

x64 Processor: AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium IV with EM64T support


Installation of SQL Server is supported on x64 processors only. It is no longer supported on x86 processors.

* The minimum memory required for installing the Data Quality Server component in Data Quality Services (DQS) is 2 GB of RAM, which is different from the SQL Server minimum memory requirement.

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